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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Zepheria
Canzon 8. Illuminating Lamps! Ye Orbs chrystallite!
Anonymous
 
ILLUMINATING Lamps! Ye Orbs chrystallite!
Transparent mirrolds! Globes divining beauty!
How have I joyed to wanton in your light?
Though was I slain by your artillery!
  Ye blithsome Stars! like LEDA’s lovely twins        5
(When clear they twinkle in the firmament),
Promise esperance to the seamen’s wand’rings:
So have your shine made ripe mine heart’s content.
  Or as the light, which Sestyan HERO showed,
Arm-finned LEANDER to direct in waves,        10
When through the raging Hellespont he rowed,
Steering to Love’s Port: so, by thine eyes’ clear rays,
  Blest were my waves! But since no light was found,
  Thy poor LEANDER in the deep is drowned!
 
 
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