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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Eighth Decade
Sonnet V. Sometimes in verse I praised, sometimes in verse I sigh’t
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
SOMETIMES in verse I praised, sometimes in verse I sigh’t.
  No more shall pen with love and beauty mell;
  But to my heart alone, my heart shall tell
  How unseen flames do burn it day and night.
Lest flames give light, light bring my love to sight,        5
  And my love prove my folly to excel.
  Wherefore my love burns like the fire of hell;
  Wherein is fire, and yet there is no light.
For if one never loved like me; then why
  Skill-less blames he the thing he doth not know?        10
  And he that so hath loved, should favour show;
  For he hath been a fool as well as I.
Thus shall henceforth more pain, more folly have:
And folly past, may justly pardon crave.

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