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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 4. Bright Star of Beauty! on whose Eyelids sit
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1602 (No. 66), and in all later editions.]

BRIGHT Star of Beauty! on whose Eyelids sit
A thousand nymph-like and enamoured Graces,
The Goddesses of Memory and Wit,
Which there in order take their several places.
  In whose dear Bosom, sweet delicious LOVE        5
Lays down his quiver, which he once did bear,
Since he that blessèd Paradise did prove;
And leaves his mother’s lap, to sport him there.
  Let others strive to entertain with words!
My soul is of a braver mettle made:        10
I hold that vile, which vulgar Wit affords,
In me ’s that faith which Time cannot invade!
  Let what I praise, be still made good by you!
  Be you most worthy, whilst I am most true!

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