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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XXXVII. Each beast in field doth wish the morning light
William Smith (fl. 1596)
EACH beast in field doth wish the morning light.
The birds to HESPER pleasant Lays do sing.
The wanton kids, well fed, rejoice in night;
Being likewise glad when day begins to spring.
  But night, nor day, are welcome unto me:        5
Both can bear witness of my lamentation.
All day, sad sighing CORIN you shall see;
All night he spends in tears and exclamation.
  Thus still I live, although I take no rest;
But living look as one that is a dying:        10
Thus my sad soul, with care and grief opprest,
Seems as a ghost to Styx and Lethe flying.
  Thus hath fond love bereft my youthful years
  Of all good hap, before old age appears.

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