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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet V. Whilst Youth and Error led my wandering mind
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
WHILST Youth and Error led my wandering mind,
    And set my thoughts, in heedless ways to range;
    All unawares, a goddess chaste I find,
    D I A N A-like, to work my sudden change.
For her, no sooner had mine eye bewrayed;        5
    But with disdain to see me in that place,
    With fairest hand, the sweet unkindest maid
    Casts water-cold disdain upon my face:
Which turned my sport into a hart’s despair,
    Which still is chased, while I have any breath,        10
    By mine own thoughts, set on me by my Fair.
    My thoughts, like hounds, pursue me to my death.
Those that I fostered, of mine own accord,
Are made by her, to murder thus their Lord.

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