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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Licia
Sonnet VII. Death, in a rage, assaulted once my heart
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
 
DEATH, in a rage, assaulted once my heart
With love of her, my love that doth deny.
I scorned his force, and wished him to depart,
I heartless was, and therefore could not die.
  I live in her. In her I placed my life.        5
She guides my soul, and her I honour must.
Nor is this life; but yet a living strife:
A thing unmeet, and yet a thing most just.
  CUPID, enraged, did fly to make me love;
My heart lay guarded with those burning eyes,        10
The sparks whereof denied him to remove:
So conquered now, he like a captive lies.
  Thus two at once by love are both undone:
  My heart not loved; and armless VENUS’ son.
 
 
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