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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Sonnet XXV. To hear the impost of a faith not feigning
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
TO hear the impost of a faith not feigning,
That duty pays, and her disdain extorteth:
These bear the message of my woeful paining,
These olive branches mercy still exhorteth.
  These tributary plaints with chaste desires,        5
I send those eyes, the cabinets of love;
The paradise whereto my soul aspires,
From out this hell, which my afflictions prove:
  Wherein, poor soul! I live exiled from mirth,
Pensive alone, none but despair about me.        10
My joys’ liberties perished in their birth,
My cares long lived, and will not die without me.
    What shall I do, but sigh and wail the while;
    My martyrdom exceeds the highest style.

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