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Sonnet, a short poem made in praise of somebody or of something: “deep-brained --s that did amplify each stone's dear nature,” Compl. 209. “to tangle her desires by wailful --s, whose composed rhymes should be full-fraught with serviceable vows,” Gent. III, 2, 69. “I have a s. that will serve the turn,” Gent. III, 2, 69 “my book of songs and --s,” Wiv. I, 1, 206. “will you then write me a s. in praise of my beauty?” Ado V, 2, 4. “a halting s. . . . fashioned to Beatrice,” V, 4, 87. “she hath one of my --s already,” LLL IV, 3, 16. “did never s. for her sake compile,” LLL IV, 3, 16 “the s. you writ to Diana in behalf of the Count Rousillon,” All's IV, 3, 355. “it is with me as the very true s. is, Please one, and please all,” Tw. III, 4, 25. “I once writ a s. in his praise,” H5 III, 7, 42. “I have heard a s. begin so to one's mistress,” H5 III, 7, 42 The Spaniard Armado, feeling disposed to fill 'whole volumes in folio' with hymns of praise on his mistress, says: “I am sure I shall turn s.” LLL I, 2, 190 (all love and poetry from top to toe. M. Edd. sonneteer, sonnetist, sonnetmaker; but cf. “now is he turned orthography,” Ado II, 3, 21).
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