Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CAELIA: SONNETS: 2, by WILLIAM BROWNE (1591-1643)



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CAELIA: SONNETS: 2, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why might I not for once be of that sect
Last Line: Since to my former flame it adds so much.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, William Of Tavistock
Subject(s): Virtue


WHY might I not for once be of that sect,
Which hold that souls, when Nature hath her right,
Some other bodies to themselves elect;
And sunlike make the day, and license night?
That soul, whose setting in one hemisphere
Was to enlighten straight another part;
In that horizon, if I see it there,
Calls for my first respect and its desert;
Her virtue is the same and may be more;
For as the sun is distant, so his power
In operation differs, and the store
Of thick clouds interpos'd make him less our.
And verily I think her climate such,
Since to my former flame it adds so much.





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