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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XVII. Why should I sing in verse? Why should I frame
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
[First printed in this edition.]

WHY should I sing in verse? Why should I frame
    These sad neglected notes, for her dear sake?
    Why should I offer up unto her name,
    The sweetest sacrifice my youth can make?
Why should I strive to make her live for ever,        5
    That never deigns to give me joy to live?
    Why should m’afflicted Muse so much endeavour
    Such honour, unto cruelty to give?
If her defects have purchased her this fame;
    What should her virtues do? her smiles? her love?        10
    If this, her worst; how should her best inflame?
    What passions would her milder favours move?
Favours, I think, would sense quite overcome;
And that makes happy lovers ever dumb.

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