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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Songs and Their Settings
Love’s Rhapsody
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 

SO sweet a kiss the golden sun gives not
  To those fresh morning drops upon the rose,
As thine eye-beams, when their fresh rays have smote
  The dew of night that on my cheeks down flows.
Nor shines the silver moon one half so bright        5
  Through the transparent bosom of the deep,
As doth thy face through tears of mine give light:
  Thou shin’st in every tear that I do weep,—
No drop but as a coach doth carry thee;
  So ridest thou triumphing in my woe.        10
Do but behold the tears that swell in me,
  And they thy glory through my grief will show:
But do not love thyself; then thou wilt keep
My tears for glasses, and still make me weep.
O queen of queens, how far thou dost excel,        15
No thought can think, nor tongue of mortal tell.
 
 
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