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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
V. Cautions and Complaints
“Full many a glorious morning”
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
Sonnet XXXIII.

FULL many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy;
Anon permit the basest clouds to ride,        5
With ugly rack on his celestial face,
And from the forlorn world his visage hide,
Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace:
Even so my sun one early morn did shine
With all-triumphant splendor on my brow;        10
But out, alack! he was but one hour mine,
The region cloud hath masked him from me now.
  Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;
  Suns of the world may stain when heaven’s sun staineth.
 
 
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