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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XXXIV. I would in rich and golden-coloured rain
Thomas Lodge (1558–1625)
I WOULD in rich and golden-coloured rain,
With tempting showers in pleasant sort descend
Into fair Phillis’ lap, my lovely friend,
When sleep her sense with slumber doth restrain.
  I would be changèd to a milk-white bull,        5
When midst the gladsome field she should appear,
By pleasant fineness to surprise my dear,
Whilst from their stalks, she pleasant flowers did pull.
  I were content to weary out my pain,
To be Narcissus so she were a spring,        10
To drown in her those woes my heart do ring,
And more; I wish transformèd to remain,
  That whilst I thus in pleasure’s lap did lie,
  I might refresh desire, which else would die.

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