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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

Sonnet VII.

“Lo! in the orient when the gracious light”

LO! in the orient when the gracious light 
Lifts up his burning head, each under eye 
Doth homage to his new-appearing sight, 
Serving with looks his sacred majesty; 
And having climb’d the steep-up heavenly hill,         5
Resembling strong youth in his middle age, 
Yet mortal looks adore his beauty still, 
Attending on his golden pilgrimage; 
But when from highmost pitch, with weary car, 
Like feeble age, he reeleth from the day,  10
The eyes, ’fore duteous, now converted are 
From his low tract, and look another way: 
  So thou, thyself outgoing in thy noon, 
  Unlook’d on diest, unless thou get a son. 



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