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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet LIV. If great Apollo offered as a dower
Bartholomew Griffin (d. 1602)
IF great Apollo offered as a dower,
  His burning throne to Beauty’s excellence;
If JOVE himself came in a golden shower,
  Down to the earth, to fetch fair IO thence;
If VENUS, in the curlèd locks was tied        5
  Of proud ADONIS, not of gentle kind;
If TELLUS, for a shepherd’s favour died,
  (The favour cruel Love to her assigned);
If Heaven’s-winged herald HERMES had
  His heart enchanted with a country maid;        10
If poor PYGMALION was for beauty mad:
  If gods and men have all for beauty strayed:
I am not then ashamed to be included
’Mongst those that love, and be with love deluded.

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