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ORTHOMETRY.
Like as the culver on the bared bough
Sits musing for the absence of her mate, And in her songs sends many a wishful vow
For his return that seems to linger late : So I alone, now left disconsolate,
Moan to myself the absence of my Love, And, wandering here and there all desolate,
Seek with my plaints to match that mournful dove; Ne joy of ought that under heaven doth hove,
Can comfort me, but her own joyous sight; Whose sweet aspect both God and man can move,
In her unspotted pleasance to delight. Day by day, whiles her fair light I miss, And dead my life that wants such lively bliss.
Spenser.
In the next example, entitled Sleep, by Daniel, it will be noticed that six rhymes are admitted, the last two forming a couplet, though the break between the two halves is observed:
Care-charmer Sleep, son of the sable Night,
Brother to Death, in silent darkness born, Relieve my languish, and restore the light;
With dark forgetting of my care return, And let the day be time enough to mourn
The shipwreck of my ill-adventured youth. Let waking eyes suffice to wail their scorn
Without the torments of night's untruth. Cease, dreams, the images of day's desires,
To model forth the passions of the morrow; Never let the rising sun approve you liars,
To add more grief to aggravate my sorrow. Still let me sleep embracing clouds in vain, And never wake to feel the day's disdain.
Daniel.
The following, from Drayton, in the exact model






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