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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Sonnet VIII. Oft and in vain my rebel thoughts have ventured
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
[Reprinted in Daniel’s Delia, edition 1592, but not in the final edition 1594.]

OFT and in vain my rebel thoughts have ventured
To stop the passage of my vanquished heart;
And close the way, my friendly foe first entered:
Striving thereby to free my better part.
  Whilst guarding thus the windows of my thought,        5
Where my heart’s thief to vex me made her choice;
And thither all my forces to transport:
Another passage opens at her voice.
  Her voice betrays me to her hand and eye,
My freedom’s tyrant, glorying in her art:        10
But, ah! sweet foe! small is the victory,
With three such powers to plague one silly heart.
    Yet my soul’s sovereign! since I must resign;
    Reign in my thoughts! My love and life are thine!

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