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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Tears of Fancie
Sonnet XIX. My hart impos’d this penance on mine eies
Thomas Watson (1555–1592)
MY hart impos’d this penance on mine eies,
(Eies the first causers of my harts lamenting):
That they should weepe till loue and fancie dies,
Fond loue the last cause of my harts repenting.
Mine eies vpon my hart inflict this paine,        5
(Bold hart that dard to harbour thoughts of loue)
That it should loue and purchase fell disdaine,
A grieuous penance which my hart doth proue.
Mine eies did weepe as hart had them imposed,
My hart did pine as eies had it constrained:        10
Eies in their teares my paled face disclosed,
Hart in his sighs did show it was disdained.
So th’one did weepe th’other sighed, both grieued,
For both must liue and loue, both vnrelieued.

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