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Monday, April 10, 2006

Sonnetsday 9

 
Delia XLVI

Let others sing of knights and paladines
In agèd 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 they shall discover,
      Suffice they show I liv'd and was thy lover.

Samuel Daniel (1592)



Samuel Daniel was a contemporary of Shakespeare, whose prolific output included prose histories, treatises on poetry and learning, dramatic works, mainly in the form of court masques, and a sonnet collection, Sonnets to Delia, 1592.
 

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