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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet XLV. Leave, lady! in your glass of crystal clean
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
LEAVE, lady! in your glass of crystal clean,
Your goodly self for evermore to view:
And in my self, my inward self, I mean,
Most lively like behold your semblance true.
Within my heart, though hardly it can shew        5
Thing so divine to view of earthly eye,
The fair Idea of your celestial hue
And every part remains immortally:
And were it not that, through your cruelty,
With sorrow dimmed and deformed it were,        10
The goodly image of your visnomy,
Clearer than crystal, would therein appear.
  But, if yourself in me ye plain will see,
  Remove the cause by which your fair beams darkened be.

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