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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XXXV. I have not spent the April of my time
Bartholomew Griffin (d. 1602)
I HAVE not spent the April of my time,
  The Swelt of Youth in plotting in the air!
But do, at first adventure, seek to climb,
  Whilst flowers of blooming years are green and fair.
I am no leaving of all-withering Age.        5
  I have not suffered many winter lours.
I feel no storm, unless my Love do rage.
  And then, in grief I spend both days and hours.
This yet doth comfort that my flower lasted
  Until it did approach my sun too near:        10
And then, alas, untimely was it blasted,
  So soon as once thy beauty did appear!
But after all, my comfort rests in this,
That, for thy sake! my Youth decayed is.

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