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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Tears of Fancie
Sonnet LI. Each tree did boast the wished spring times pride
Thomas Watson (1555–1592)
EACH tree did boast the wished spring times pride,
When solitarie in the vale of loue,
I hid my selfe, so from the world to hide
The vncouth passions which my hart did proue.
No tree whose branches did not brauelie spring,        5
No branch whereon a fine bird did not sit:
No bird but did her shrill notes sweetelie sing,
No song but did containe a louelie dit.
Trees, branches, birds, and songs were framed faire.
Fit to allure fraile minde to careles ease:        10
But carefull was my thought, yet in dispaire,
I dwelt, for brittle hope me cannot please.
For when I view my loues faire eies reflecting,
I entertaine dispaire, vaine hope reiecting.

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