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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XIX. That time, fair Licia, when I stole a kiss
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
THAT time, fair Licia, when I stole a kiss
From off those lips where CUPID lovely laid,
I quaked for cold: and found the cause was this:
My Life which loved, for love behind me stayed.
  I sent my Heart, my Life for to recall,        5
But that was held, not able to return:
And both detained, as captives were in thrall,
And judged by her, that both by sighs should burn.
  Fair, burn them both! for that they were so bold;
But let the altar be within thy heart!        10
And I shall live, because my life you hold;
You that give life to every living part.
  A flame I took when as I stole the kiss:
  Take you my life! yet can I live with this.

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