William Percy, Sonnet II (1594)
- Oh happie houre, and yet vnhappie houre,
- When first by chaunce I had my goddesse vievved,
- Then first I tasted of the svveetest soure,
- Wherevvith the cup of Cypria is embrevved.
- For gazing ferme vvithout suspition,
- Loue coopt behind the charet of her eye,
- Iustly to schoole my bold presumption,
- Against my hart did let an arrow flie:
- Faire sir, quoth he, to practise haue you nought
- But to be gazing on deuinitie?
- Before you part, your leare you shall be tought,
- With that attonce he made his arrovves hie:
- Imperious God, I did it not to loue her
- Ah, stay thy hand, I did it but to proue her.
William Percy. "Sonnet II." Sonnets to the Fairest Coelia. London: Adam Islip for W.P., 1594. EEBO