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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Seventh Decade
Sonnet VII. Thou wilt persèver ever to disdain me
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
THOU wilt persèver ever to disdain me;
  And I shall then die; when thou will repent it:
  O do not therefore from complaint restrain me!
  And take my life from me, to me that lent it.
For whilst these accents, weepingly exprest        5
  In humble lines, of reverentest zeal,
  Have issue to complaint from mine unrest;
  They but thy beauty’s wonder shall reveal.
And though the grieved Muse of some other lover,
  (Whose less devotions knew but woes like mine)        10
  Would rather seek occasion to discover
  How little pitiful, and how much unkind;
  They other (not so worthy) beauties find.
O, I not so; but seek, with humble prayer,
Means how to move th’unmercifullest Fair.        15

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