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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XII. I wish sometimes, although a worthless thing
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
I WISH sometimes, although a worthless thing,
Spurred by ambition, glad for to aspire,
Myself a Monarch, or some mighty King:
And then my thoughts do wish for to be higher
  But when I view what winds the cedars toss,        5
What storms men feel that covet for renown;
I blame myself that I have wished my loss:
And scorn a Kingdom, though it give a Crown.
  A’ LICIA thou, the wonder of my thought,
My heart’s content, procurer of my bliss;        10
For whom, a Crown I do esteem as nought:
And Asia’s wealth, too mean to buy a kiss.
  Kiss me, sweet Love! this favour do for me;
  Then Crowns and Kingdoms shall I scorn for thee.

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