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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XV. I stood amazed, and saw my Licia shine
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
I STOOD amazed, and saw my LICIA shine
Fairer than PHŒBUS in his brightest pride;
Set forth in colours by a hand divine,
Where naught was wanting but a soul to guide.
  It was a picture that I could descry,        5
Yet made with art so as it seemed to live;
Surpassing fair, and yet it had no eye:
Whereof my senses could no reason give.
  With that the Painter bid me not to muse,
“Her eyes are shut; but I deserve no blame:        10
For if she saw, in faith, it could not choose
But that the work had wholly been aflame.”
  Then burn me, Sweet, with brightness of your eyes;
  That, Phœnix-like. from thence I may arise.

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