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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XLIX. If that I die, fair Licia, with disdain
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
IF that I die, fair LICIA, with disdain;
Or heartless live, surprisèd with thy wrong:
The heavens and earth shall accent both my pain,
And curse the time so cruel and so long.
  If you be kind, my Queen, as you are fair;        5
And aid my thoughts that still for conquest strive:
Then will I sing, and never more despair,
And praise your kindness whilst I am alive.
  Till then I pay the tribute of my tears,
To move thy mercy and thy constant truth.        10
Respect, fair Love, how these with sorrow wear
The truest heart; unless it find some ruth.
  Then grace me, Sweet, and with thy favour raise me;
  So shall I live, and all the World shall praise thee.

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