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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 1. Like an adventurous seafarer am I
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1619.]

LIKE an adventurous seafarer am I,
Who hath some long and dangerous voyage been;
And called to tell of his discovery,
How far he sailed, what countries he had seen;
  Proceeding from the port whence he put forth,        5
Shews by his compass how his course he steered,
When East, when West, when South, and when by North,
As how the Pole, to every place was reared;
  What capes he doubled, of what continent,
The gulfs and straits that strangely he had past;        10
Where most becalmed, where with foul weather spent,
And on what rocks in peril to be cast:
  Thus in my Love, Time calls me to relate
  My tedious travels, and oft-varying fate.

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