The Delia Sonnets

by Samuel Daniel


None other fame mine unambitious Muse
  Affected ever but t'eternise thee;
  All other honours do my hopes refuse,
  Which meaner prized and momentary be.
For God forbid I should my papers blot
  With mercenary lines with servile pen,
  Praising virtues in them that have them not,
  Basely attending on the hopes of men.
No, no, my verse respects not Thames, nor theatres;
  Nor seeks it to be known unto the great;
  But Avon, poor in fame, and poor in waters,
  Shall have my song, where Delia hath her seat.
Avon shall be my Thames, and she my song;
No other prouder brooks shall hear my wrong.

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