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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Second Decade
Sonnet V. My Reason absent, did mine Eyes require
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
MY REASON absent, did mine Eyes require
  To watch and ward, and such foes to descry
  As they should ne’er my heart approaching spy:
  But traitor Eyes, my heart’s death did conspire
(Corrupted with HOPE’s gifts); let in DESIRE        5
  To burn my heart: and sought no remedy,
  Though store of water were in either Eye,
  Which well employed, might well have quenched the fire.
REASON returned; LOVE and FORTUNE made
  Judges, to judge mine Eyes to punishment.        10
  FORTUNE, sith they, by sight my heart betrayed;
  From wishèd sight, adjudged them banishment!
LOVE, sith by fire murdered my heart was found;
Adjudged them in tears for to be drowned!

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