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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

Sonnet XCVIII.

“From you have I been absent in the spring”


FROM you have I been absent in the spring 
When proud-pied April, dress’d in all his trim, 
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing, 
That heavy Saturn laugh’d and leap’d with him. 
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell         5
Of different flowers in odour and in hue, 
Could make me any summer’s story tell, 
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew: 
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white, 
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;  10
They were but sweet, but figures of delight, 
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those. 
  Yet seem’d it winter still, and you away, 
  As with your shadow I with these did play. 


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