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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Fourth Decade
Sonnet VII. The richest relic Rome did ever view
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
THE RICHEST relic Rome did ever view
  Was CÆSAR’s tomb; on which, with cunning hand,
  JOVE’s triple honours, the three fair Graces, stand;
  Telling his virtues, in their virtues true.
This Rome admired: but, dearest Dear! in you        5
  Dwelleth the wonder of the happiest land
  And all the world to NEPTUNE’s furthest strand.
  For what Rome shap’d hath living life in you!
Thy naked beauty, bounteously displayed,
  Enricheth monarchies of hearts with love!        10
  Thine eyes to hear complaints are open laid!
  Thine eyes’ kind looks requite all pains I prove!
That of my death, I dare not thee accuse;
But pride in me, that baser chance refuse.

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