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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Sonnet XXIV. The star of my mishap imposed my paining
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
THE STAR of my mishap imposed my paining
To spend the April of my years in crying;
That never found my fortune but in waining,
With still fresh cares my blood and body trying.
  Yet her I blame not, though she might have blest me;        5
But my DESIRE’s wings so high aspiring:
Now melted with the sun that hath possest me
Down do I fall from off my high desiring.
  And in my fall do cry for mercy speedy,
No piteous eye looks back upon my mourning;        10
No help I find, when now most favour need I:
My ocean tears drown me, and quench my burning.
    And this my death must christen her anew,
    Whiles faith doth bid my cruel Fair, “Adieu!”

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