Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles eBook

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worthies addeth;
      And my fair Muse, one Muse unto the nine. 
      And my good angel, in my soul divine!—­
    With one more order these nine orders gladdeth. 
      My Muse, my worthy, and my angel then
      Makes every one of these three nines a ten.



    You cannot love, my pretty heart, and why? 
    There was a time you told me that you would,
    But how again you will the same deny. 
    If it might please you, would to God you could! 
      What, will you hate?  Nay, that you will not neither;
      Nor love, nor hate!  How then?  What will you do? 
    What, will you keep a mean then betwixt either? 
    Or will you love me, and yet hate me too? 
      Yet serves not this!  What next, what other shift? 
    You will, and will not; what a coil is here! 
    I see your craft, now I perceive your drift,
    And all this while I was mistaken there. 
      Your love and hate is this, I now do prove you: 
      You love in hate, by hate to make me love you.


    An evil spirit, your beauty, haunts me still,
    Wherewith, alas, I have been long possessed! 
    Which ceaseth not to tempt me to each ill,
    Nor give me once but one poor minute’s rest. 
      In me it speaks whether I sleep or wake;
    And when by means to drive it out I try,
    With greater torments then it me doth take,
    And tortures me in most extremity. 
      Before my face it lays down my despairs,
    And hastes me on unto a sudden death;
    Now tempting me to drown myself in tears,
    And then in sighing to give up my breath. 
      Thus am I still provoked to every evil,
      By this good wicked spirit, sweet angel-devil.


    A witless gallant a young wench that wooed—­
    Yet his dull spirit her not one jot could move—­
    Intreated me as e’er I wished his good,
    To write him but one sonnet to his love. 
      When I as fast as e’er my pen could trot,
    Poured out what first from quick invention came,
    Nor never stood one word thereof to blot;
    Much like his wit that was to use the same. 
      But with my verses he his mistress won,
    Who doated on the dolt beyond all measure. 
    But see, for you to heaven for phrase I run,
    And ransack all Apollo’s golden treasure! 
      Yet by my troth, this fool his love obtains,
      And I lose you for all my wit and pains!



    With fools and children good discretion bears;
      Then, honest people, bear with love and me,
      Nor older yet nor wiser made by years,
    Amongst the rest of fools and children be. 
      Love, still a baby, plays with gauds and toys,
    And like a wanton sports with

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