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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet X. A painter drew the image of the boy
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
A PAINTER drew the image of the boy,
Swift LOVE, with wings, all naked, and yet blind;
With bow and arrows bent for to destroy.
I blamed his skill; and fault I thus did find:
  “A needless task I see thy cunning take:        5
Misled by love, thy fancy thee betrayed.
Love is no boy, nor blind, as men him make;
Nor weapons wears, whereof to be afraid:
  But if thou Love wilt paint with greatest skill;
A Love, a Maid, a goddess, and a Queen!        10
Wonder and view at LICIA’s picture still!
For other Love, the World hath never seen.
  For She alone, all hope, all comfort, gives:
  Men’s hearts, souls all, led by her favour, live.”

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