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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Seventh Decade
Sonnet II. Fair Grace of Graces! Muse of Muses all!
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
FAIR Grace of Graces! Muse of Muses all!
  Thou Paradise! thou only heaven I know!
  What influence hath bred my hateful woe,
  That I from thee and them, am forced to fall?
Thou fallen from me, from thee I never shall,        5
  Although my fortunes thou hast brought so low;
  Yet shall my faith and service with thee go!
  For live I do, on heaven and thee to call.
Banish’d all grace, no Graces with me dwell;
  Compelled to muse, my Muses from me fly;        10
  Excluded heaven, what can remain but hell?
  Exiled from Paradise, in hate I lie,
Cursing my stars: albeit I find it true,
I lost all these, when I lost love and you.

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