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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Diana
The Second Decade
Sonnet IV. Lady! in beauty and in favour rare
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
 
LADY! in beauty and in favour rare,
  Of favour, not of due, I favour crave.
  Nature to thee beauty and favour gave;
  Fair then thou art, and favour thou may’st spare!
Nor when on me bestowed your favours are,        5
  Less favour in your face you shall not have:
  If favour then a wounded soul may save;
  Of murder’s guilt, dear Lady, then beware!
My loss of life a million fold were less,
  Than the least loss should unto you befall:        10
  Yet grant this gift! which gift when I possess,
  Both I have life, and you no loss at all.
For by your favour only I do live;
And favour you may well both keep and give.
 
 
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