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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.

by Michael Drayton
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