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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XIII. With grievous thoughts and weighty care opprest
William Percy (1575–1648)
WITH grievous thoughts and weighty care opprest,
One day, I went to VENUS’s Fanacle;
Of Cyprian dreams, which did me sore molest,
To be resolved by certain Oracle.
  No sooner was I past the temple’s gate,        5
But from the shrine, where VENUS wont to stand,
I saw a Lady fair and delicate
Did beckon to me with her ivory hand.
  Weening She was the Goddess of the Fane,
With cheerful looks I towards bent my pace:        10
Soon when I came, I found unto my bane,
A GORGON shadowed under VENUS’ face;
  Whereat affright, when back I would be gone,
  I stood transformed to a speechless stone.

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