The Delia Sonnets

by Samuel Daniel


Let others sing of knights and paladins,
  In ag├Ęd accents and untimely words,
  Paint shadows in imaginary lines
  Which well the reach of their high wits records;
But I must sing of thee and those fair eyes
  Authentic shall my verse in time to come,
  When yet th'unborn shall say, Lo, where she lies,
  Whose beauty made him speak that else was dumb!
These are the arks, the trophies I erect,
  That fortify thy name against old age;
  And these thy sacred virtues must protect
  Against the dark and time's consuming rage.
Though th'error of my youth in them appear,
Suffice, they show I lived and loved thee, dear.

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