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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XL. Delia! These eyes that so admireth thine!
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
D E L I A! These eyes that so admireth thine!
    Have seen those walls the which ambition reared
    To check the world. How they, entombed, have lain
    Within themselves: and on them ploughs have eared.
Yet found I, that no barbarous hand attained        5
    The spoil of Fame, deserved by virtuous men,
    Whose glorious actions, luckily, had gained
    Th’eternal annals of a happy pen.
Why then, though D E L I A fade! let that not move her!
    Though time do spoil her of the fairest veil        10
    That ever yet mortality did cover;
    Which must instar the Needle and the Rail.
That grace, that virtue, all that served t’in-woman,
Doth her, unto eternity assommon.

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