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Sonnet LVI: When Like an Eaglet

When like an eaglet I first found my Love,
For that the virtue I thereof would know,
Upon the nest I set it forth to prove
If it were of that kingly kind or no;
But it no sooner say my Sun appear,
But on her rays with open eyes it stood,
To show that I had hatch’d it for the air
And rightly came from that brave mounting brood;
And, when the plumes were summ’d with sweet desire,
To prove the pinions it ascends the skies;
Do what I could, it needsly would aspire
To my Soul’s Sun, those two celestial eyes.
Thus from my breast, where it was bred alone,
It after thee is, like an eaglet, flown.

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Poem Sonnet LVI: When Like an Eaglet - Michael Drayton
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