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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet VII. O had she not been fair, and thus unkind!
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
O HAD she not been fair, and thus unkind!
    Then had no finger pointed at my lightness.
    The world had never known what I do find,
    And clouds obscure had shaded still her brightness.
Then had no Censor’s eye these lines surveyed,        5
    Nor graver brows have judged my Muse so vain:
    No sun, my blush and error had bewrayed;
    Nor yet the world had heard of such disdain.
Then had I walked with bold erectèd face;
    No downcast look had signified my miss:        10
    But my degraded hopes, with such disgrace,
    Did force me groan out griefs, and utter this.
For, being full, should I not then have spoken;
My sense, oppressed, had failed, and heart had broken.

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