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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XXVI. I live, sweet Love, where as the gentle wind
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
I LIVE, sweet Love, where as the gentle wind
Murmurs with sport, in midst of thickest boughs;
Where loving woodbine doth the harbour bind,
And chirping birds do echo forth my vows;
  Where strongest elm can scarce support the vine,        5
And sweetest flowers enamelled have the ground;
Where Muses dwell: and yet hereat repine
That on the earth so rare a place was found.
  But winds delight: I wish to be content.
I praise the woodbine: but I take no joy.        10
I moan the birds that music thus have spent.
As for the rest, they breed but mine annoy.
  Live thou, fair LICIA, in this place alone:
  Then shall I joy, though all of these were gone.

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