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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
A calculation upon the birth of an Honourable Lady’s Daughter
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
Born in the year 1588, and on a Friday

FAIR by inheritance! whom born we see
  Both in the Wondrous Year, and on the day
  Wherein the fairest Planet beareth sway;
  The heavens to thee, this fortune doth decree!
Thou of a world of hearts in time shall be        5
  A Monarch great; and with one beauty’s ray
  So many hosts of hearts, thy face shall slay;
  As all the rest, for love, shall yield to thee!
But even as ALEXANDER, when he knew
  His father’s conquests, wept; lest he should leave        10
  No kingdom unto him for to subdue:
  So shall thy mother, thee of praise bereave!
So many hearts already she hath slain;
As few behind to conquer shall remain.

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