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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet VI. Fair is my love, and cruel as she’s fair
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
FAIR is my love, and cruel as she’s fair:
    Her brow shades frowns, although her eyes are sunny;
    Her smiles are lightening, though her pride despair;
    And her disdains are gall, her favours honey.
A modest maid, decked with a blush of honour,        5
    Whose feet do tread green paths of youth and love;
    The wonder of all eyes that look upon her:
    Sacred on earth, designed a saint above,
Chastity and Beauty, which were deadly foes,
    Live reconcilèd friends within her brow:        10
    And had she Pity, to conjoin with those;
    Then who had heard the plaints I utter now?
O had she not been fair, and thus unkind;
My Muse had slept, and none had known my mind!

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