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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Canzon 1. Lulled in a heavenly Charm of pleasing Passions
LULLED in a heavenly Charm of pleasing Passions;
  Many their well-thewed rhymes do fair attemper
Unto their Amours! while another fashions
  Love to his lines, and he on Fame doth venture!
And some again, in mercenary writ,        5
  Belch forth Desire, making Reward their mistress!
And though it chance some LAIS patron it,
  At least, they sell her praises to the press!
The Muses’ Nurse, I read, is EUPHEMIE;
  And who but Honour makes his lines’ reward,        10
Comes not, by my consent, within my pedigree!
  ’Mongst true-born sons, inherit may no bastard!
All in the humble accent of my Muse;
  Whose wing may not aspire the pitch of Fame,
My griefs I here untomb! Sweet! them peruse!        15
  Though low he fly, yet Honour is his game,
All while my pen quests on ZEPHERIA’s name:
  Whom, when it sprung thy wing, did thee relieve;
  Now flown to mark, thus doth Desire thee retrieve!

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