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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The First Decade
Sonnet I. Resolved to love, unworthy to obtain
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
RESOLVED to love, unworthy to obtain,
  I do no favour crave; but, humble wise,
  To thee my sighs in verse I sacrifice,
  Only some pity, and no help to gain.
Hear then! and as my heart shall aye remain        5
  A patient object to thy lightning eyes;
  A patient ear bring thou to thund’ring cries!
  Fear not the crack! when I the blow sustain.
So as thine eye bred mine ambitious thought;
  So shall thine ear make proud my voice for joy.        10
  Lo, Dear! what wonders great by thee are wrought,
  When I but little favours do enjoy.
The voice is made the ear for to rejoice:
And your ear giveth pleasure to my voice.

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