The Delia Sonnets

by Samuel Daniel


Restore thy tresses to the golden ore,
  Yield Cytherea's son those arks of love;
  Bequeath the heavens the stars that I adore,
  And to the orient do thy pearls remove;
Yield thy hands' pride unto the ivory white;
  T'Arabian odours give thy breathing sweet;
  Restore thy blush unto Aurora bright;
  To Thetis give the honour of thy feet.
Let Venus have the graces she resigned,
  And thy sweet voice give back unto the spheres;
  But yet restore thy fierce and cruel mind
  To Hyrcan tigers and to ruthless bears;
Yield to the marble thy hard heart again;
So shalt thou cease to plague, and I to pain.

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