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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XXXV. I hope and fear, I pray and hold my peace
Thomas Lodge (1558–1625)
I HOPE and fear, I pray and hold my peace,
Now freeze my thoughts and straight they fry again,
I now admire and straight my wonders cease,
I loose my bonds and yet myself restrain;
  This likes me most that leaves me discontent,        5
My courage serves and yet my heart doth fail,
My will doth climb whereas my hopes are spent,
I laugh at love, yet when he comes I quail;
  The more I strive, the duller bide I still,
I would be thanked, and yet I freedom love,        10
I would redress, yet hourly feed my ill,
I would repine, and dare not once reprove;
  And for my love I am bereft of power,
  And strengthless strive my weakness to devour.

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