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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet LXIV. Coming to kiss her lips (such grace I found)
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
COMING to kiss her lips (such grace I found,)
Me seemed, I smelt a garden of sweet flowers,
That dainty odours from them threw around,
For damsels fit to deck their lovers’ bowers.
Her lips did smell like unto gillyflowers;        5
Her ruddy cheeks, like unto roses red;
Her snowy brows, like budded bellamoures;
Her lovely eyes, like pinks but newly spread;
Her goodly bosom, like a strawberry bed;
Her neck, like to a bunch of Columbines;        10
Her breast, like lilies, ere their leaves be shed;
Her nipples, like young blossomed jessamines:
  Such flagrant flowers do give most odorous smell;
  But her sweet odour did them all excel.

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