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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet LXXXVI. Since I did leave the presence of my love
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
SINCE I did leave the presence of my love,
Many long weary days I have outworn;
And many nights, that slowly seemed to move
Their sad protract from evening until morn.
For, when as day the heaven doth adorn,        5
I wish that night the noyous day would end:
And, when as night hath us of light forlorn,
I wish that day would shortly reascend.
Thus I the time with expectation spend,
And fain my grief with changes to beguile,        10
That further seems his term still to extend,
And maketh every minute seem a mile.
  So sorrow still doth seem too long to last;
  But joyous hours do fly away too fast.

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