The Delia Sonnets

by Samuel Daniel


Oft do I marvel whether Delia's eyes
  Are eyes, or else two radiant stars that shine;
  For how could nature ever thus devise
  Of earth, on earth, a substance so divine?
Stars, sure, they are, whose motions rule desires,
  And calm and tempest follow their aspects;
  Their sweet appearing still such power inspires,
  That makes the world admire so strange effects.
Yet whether fixed or wandering stars are they,
  Whose influence rules the orb of my poor heart;
  Fixed, sure, they are, but wandering make me stray
  In endless errors whence I cannot part.
Stars, then, not eyes, move you with milder view
Your sweet aspect on him that honours you!

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