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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
IV. Recollections of His Lost Bride
By William Drummond, of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
ALEXIS, 1 here she stayed; among these pines,
Sweet hermitress, she did alone repair;
Here did she spread the treasure of her hair,
More rich than that brought from the Colchian mines;
She set her by these muskéd eglantines,—        5
The happy place the print seems yet to bear;—
Her voice did sweeten here thy sugared lines,
To which winds, trees, beasts, birds, did lend an ear;
Me here she first perceived, and here a morn
Of bright carnations did o’erspread her face;        10
Here did she sigh, here first my hopes were born,
And first I got a pledge of promised grace;
  But ah! what served it to be happy so,
  Sith 2 passéd pleasures double but new woe.
Note 1. This name appears to have been intended for that of his friend William Alexander, Earl of Sterling. [back]
Note 2. since. [back]

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