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CAELIA: SONNETS: 10, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: To get a love and beauty so divine
Last Line: Fortune my mistress, or you not so fair.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, William Of Tavistock
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Time

TO get a Love and Beauty so divine,
(In these so wary times) the fact must be
Of greater fortunes to the world than mine;
Those are the steps to that felicity;
For love no other gate hath than the eyes,
And inward worth is now esteem'd as none;
Mere outsides only to that blessing rise,
Which Truth and Love did once account their own;
Yet as she wants her fairer, she may miss
The common cause of love, and be as free
From earth, as her composure heavenly is;
If not, I restless rest in misery,
And daily wish, to keep me from despair,
Fortune my mistress, or you not so fair.

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