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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Zepheria
Canzon 30. What! Shall I ne’er more see those Halcion days!
Anonymous
 
WHAT! Shall I ne’er more see those Halcion days!
Those sunny Sabbaths! Days of Jubilee!
Wherein I carrolled merry Roundelays,
Odes, and Love Songs? which, being viewed by thee,
  Received allowance worthy better writ!        5
When we, on Shepherds’ Holy Days have hied
Down to the flow’ry pastures (flowers, for thy treading fit!)
Holy the day, when thou it sanctified!
  When thou, ZEPHERIA, wouldst but deign to bless it,
How have I, jealous over PHŒBUS’ rays,        10
Clouded thy Fair! Then, fearing he would guess it
By thy white brow, it have I cinct’ with bays!
  But, woe is me! that I have fenced thy beauty!
  Sith other must enjoy it, and not I.
 
 
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