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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet XVI. One day as I unwarily did gaze
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
ONE day as I unwarily did gaze
On those fair eyes, my love’s immortal light;
The whiles my ’stonish’d heart stood in amaze,
Through sweet illusion of her look’s delight;
I mote perceive how, in her glancing sight,        5
Legions of loves with little wings did fly;
Darting their deadly arrows, fiery bright,
At every rash beholder passing by.
One of those archers closely I did spy,
Aiming his arrow at my very heart:        10
When suddenly, with twinkle of her eye,
The Damsel broke his misintended dart.
  Had she not so done, sure I had been slain;
  Yet as it was, I hardly scap’d with pain.

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