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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XLV. There shone a Comet, and it was full West
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
THERE shone a Comet, and it was full West.
My thought presagèd what it did portend:
I found it threatened, to my heart unrest;
And might, in time, my joys and comfort end.
  I further sought, and found it was a Sun;        5
Which day, nor night, did never use to set.
It constant stood, when heavens did restless run;
And did their virtues and their forces let.
  The World did muse, and wonder what it meant:
A Sun to shine, and in the West to rise.        10
To search the truth, I strength and spirits spent.
At length I found it was my LICIA’s eyes.
  Now, never after, soul shall live in dark,
  That hath the hap, this western Sun to mark.

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