Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONNET, by WILLIAM ALEXANDER (1567-1640)

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First Line: Then whilst that latmos did contain her bliss
Last Line: And for each kiss I take would give her twain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stirling, 1st Earl Of

Then whilst that Latmos did contain her bliss
Chaste Phoebe left her church so much admired,And when her brother from that
bounds retired
Would of the sleepy shepherd steal a kiss;
But to no greater grace I crave to climb
Than of my goddess whiles whilst she reposes
That I might kiss the still-selfkissing roses,
And steal of her that which was stol'n of him:
And though I know that this would only prove
A maimed delight, whereof th'one half would want,
Yet whilst the light did Morpheus' power supplant;
If that my theft did her displeasure move,
I render would all that I robbed again
And for each kiss I take would give her twain.

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