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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Seventh Decade
Sonnet I. The First Created held a joyous bower
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
THE FIRST Created held a joyous bower,
  A flowering field, the world’s sole wonderment,
  Hight Paradise; from whence a woman’s power
  Enticed him fall to endless banishment.
This on the banks of Euphrates did stand,        5
  Till the first Mover, by His wondrous might,
  Planted it in thine eyes! thy face! thy hands!
  From whence the world receives his fairest light.
Thy cheeks contains choice flowers; thy eyes, two suns;
  Thy hands, the fruit that no life blood can stain;        10
  And in thy breath, that heavenly music wons;
  Which, when thou speak’st, angels their voices strain.
As from the first, thy Sex exilèd me!
So to this next, let me be called by thee!

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