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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XL. Poets did feign that heavens a Venus had
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
A Sonnet made upon the Two Twins, daughters of the Lady MOLLINEUX; both passing like, and exceeding[ly] fair.

POETS did feign that heavens a VENUS had;
Matchless herself, and CUPID was her son.
Men sued to these, and of their smiles were glad;
By whom so many famous were undone.
  Now CUPID mourns that he hath lost his might,        5
And that these Two so comely are to see;
And VENUS frowns, because they have her right:
Yet both so like that both shall blameless be.
  With heaven’s Two Twins for godhead these may strive;
And rule a World with least part of a frown:        10
Fairer than these Two Twins are not alive;
Both conquering Queens, and both deserve a Crown.
  My thoughts presage, which time to come shall try,
  That thousands conquered, for their love shall die.

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