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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Phillis
Sonnet XXXII. A thousand times to think and think the same
Thomas Lodge (1558–1625)
 
A THOUSAND times to think and think the same
To two fair eyes to show a naked heart,
Great thirst with bitter liquor to restrain,
To take repast of care and crooked smart;
  To sigh full oft without relent of ire,        5
To die for grief and yet conceal the tale,
To others’ will to fashion my desire,
To pine in looks disguised through pensive-pale;
  A short despite, a faith unfeigned true,
To love my foe, and set my life at naught,        10
With heedless eyes mine endless harms to view
A will to speak, a fear to tell the thought;
  To hope for all, yet for despair to die,
  Is of my life the certain destiny.
 
 
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