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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Fifth Decade
Sonnet VI. I am no model figure, or sign of Care
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
I AM no model figure, or sign of CARE;
  But his eternal heart’s-consuming essence:
  In whom grief’s commentaries written are,
  Drawing gross passion into pure quintessence.
Not thine eye’s fire; but fire of thine eye’s disdain,        5
  Fed by neglect of my continual grieving,
  Attracts the true life’s spirit of my pain;
  And gives it thee; which gives me no relieving.
Within thine arms, sad elegies I sing.
  Unto thine eyes, a true heart love-torn lay I.        10
  Thou smell’st from me, the savours sorrows bring.
  My tears to taste my truth, to touch display I.
Lo thus, each sense, dear Fair One! I importune:
But being CARE, thou flyest me as ILL FORTUNE!

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