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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet IV. These plaintive verse[s], the Posts of my desire
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
THESE plaintive verse[s], the Posts of my desire,
    Which haste for succour to her slow regard;
    Bear not report of any slender fire,
    Forging a grief, to win a fame’s reward.
Nor are my passions limned for outward hue,        5
    For that no colours can depaint my sorrows:
    D E L I A herself, and all the world may view
    Best in my face, where cares hath tilled deep furrows.
No bays I seek, to deck my mourning brow,
    O clear-eyed Rector of the holy Hill!        10
    My humble accents bear the olive bough
    Of intercession to a tyrant’s will.
These lines I use, t’unburden mine own heart;
My love affects no fame, nor ’steems of art.

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