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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XIII. Inamoured Jove, commanding, did entreat
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
INAMOURED JOVE, commanding, did entreat
CUPID to wound my Love: which he denied,
And swore he could not, for she wanted heat;
And would not love, as he full oft had tried.
  JOVE, in a rage, impatient this to hear,        5
Replied with threats, “I’ll make you to obey!”
Whereat the boy did fly away for fear
To LICIA’s eyes, where safe entrenched he lay.
  Then JOVE, he scorned; and dared him to his face:
For now more safe than in the heavens he dwelled;        10
Nor could JOVE’s wrath do wrong to such a place,
Where Grace and Honour have their kingdom held.
  Thus, in the pride and beauty of her eyes,
  The silly boy, the greatest god defies.

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