Sir William Alexander

Sonet 2

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As yet three lusters were not quite expir'd,
Since I had bene a partner of the light,
When I beheld a face, a face more bright
Then glistring Phœbus when the fields are fir'd
Long time amaz'd rare beautie I admir'd,
The beames reflecting on my captiu'd sight,
Till that surpriz'd (I wot not by what flight)
More then I could conceiue my soule desir'd,
My takers state I long'd for to comprise.
For still I doubted who had made the rape,
If't was a bodie or an airie shape,
With fain'd perfections for to mocke the eyes:
At last I knew 'twas a most diuine creature,
The Crowne of th'Earth, th'excellencie of Nature.

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