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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Phillis
Sonnet XXX. I do compare unto thy youthly clear
Thomas Lodge (1558–1625)
 
I DO compare unto thy youthly clear,
Which always bides within thy flow’ring prime,
The month of April, that bedews our clime
With pleasant flowers, when as his showers appear.
  Before thy face shall fly false cruelty,        5
Before his face the doly season fleets;
Mild been his looks, thine eyes are full of sweets;
Firm is his course, firm is thy loyalty.
  He paints the fields through liquid crystal showers,
Thou paint’st my verse with Pallas’ learned flowers;        10
With Zephirus’ sweet breath he fills the plains,
And thou my heart with weeping sighs dost wring;
  His brows are dewed with morning’s crystal spring,
  Thou mak’st my eyes with tears bemoan my pains.
 
 
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