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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XIV. When broad-faced rivers turn unto their fountains
Richard Linche (fl. 1596–1601)
WHEN broad-faced rivers turn unto their fountains
  and hungry wolves devourèd are by sheep;
When marine dolphins play on snow-tipped mountains,
  and foul-formed bears do in the ocean keep:
Then shall I leave to love, and cease to burn        5
  in these hot flames, wherein I now delight!
But this I know, the rivers ne’er return,
  nor silly sheep with ravening wolves dare fight,
Nor dolphins leave the seas, nor bears, the woods;
  for Nature bids them all to keep their kind.        10
Then eyes, rain forth your over-swellèd floods,
  till, drownèd in such seas, may make you blind!
Then, Heart’s Delight! sith I must love thee ever,
Love me again! and let thy love persèver!

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