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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XXIX. When as my Licia sailèd in the seas
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
WHEN as my LICIA sailèd in the seas,
Viewing with pride, god NEPTUNE’s stately crown,
A calm she made, and brought the merchant ease;
The storm she stayed, and checked him with a frown.
  Love at the stern sat smiling, and did sing        5
To see how seas had learned for to obey;
And balls of fire into the waves did fling.
And still the boy, full wanton, thus did say:
  “Both poles we burnt, whereon the world doth turn;
The round of heaven from earth unto the skies:        10
And now the seas, we both intend to burn;
I with my bow, and LICIA with her eyes.”
  Then since thy force, heavens, earth, nor seas can move;
  I conquered, yield: and do confess I love.

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