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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Conclusion: If floods of tears could cleanse my follies past
IF floods of tears could cleanse my follies past
And smokes of sighs might sacrifice for sin;
If groaning cries might salve my fault at last;
Or endless moan for error, pardon win:
    Then would I cry, weep, sigh, and ever moan        5
    Mine error, fault, sins, follies past and gone.
I see my hopes must wither in their bud,
I see my favours are no lasting flowers,
I see that words will breathe no better good
Than loss of time, and lightning but at hours.        10
    Then when I see, then this I say therefore,
    That favours, hopes and words can blind no more.

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