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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 56. When like an Eaglet, I first found my love
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1594 (No. 3), and in all later editions.]

An allusion to the Eaglets

WHEN like an Eaglet, I first found my love,
For that the virtue I thereof would know,
Upon the nest I set it forth, to prove
If it were of that kingly kind or no:
  But it no sooner saw my sun appear,        5
But on her rays with open eyes it stood;
To shew that I had hatched it for the air,
And rightly came from that brave-mounting brood.
  And when the plumes were sunned with sweet Desire,
To prove the pinions, it ascends the skies!        10
Do what I could, it needsly would aspire
To my soul’s sun, those two celestial Eyes.
  Thus from my breast, where it was bred alone,
  It after thee is, like an Eaglet flown.
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