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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Sonnet XX. If Beauty bright be doubled with a frown
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
IF BEAUTY bright be doubled with a frown,
That PITY cannot shine through to my bliss;
And DISDAIN’s vapours are thus overgrown,
That my life’s light to me quite darkened is.
  Why trouble I the world then with my cries,        5
The air with sighs, the earth below with tears?
Since I live hateful to those ruthful eyes;
Vexing with my untuned moan, her dainty ears.
  If I have loved her dearer than my breath,
(My breath that calls the heaven to witness it)        10
And still hold her most dear until my death;
And if that all this cannot move one whit:
    Yet let her say that she hath done me wrong,
    To use me thus and know I loved so long.

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