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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XXXVIII. Thou canst not die, whilst any zeal abound
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
THOU canst not die, whilst any zeal abound
    In feeling hearts, that can conceive these lines:
    Though thou, a LAURA, hast no PETRARCH found;
    In base attire, yet, clearly, Beauty shines.
And I, though born within a colder clime,        5
    Do feel mine inward heat as great (I know it).
    He never had more faith, although more rhyme:
    I love as well, though he could better show it.
But I may add one feather to thy fame,
    To help her flight throughout the fairest Isle;        10
    And if my pen could more enlarge thy name,
    Then should’st thou live in an immortal style.
For though that LAURA better limnèd be;
Suffice, thou shalt be loved as well as she!

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