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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet LI. As to the Roman, that would free his land
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
[First printed in this edition.]

AS to the Roman, that would free his land,
    His error was his honour and renown;
    And more the fame of his mistaking hand,
    Than if he had the tyrant overthrown.
So, D E L I A !, hath mine error made me known,        5
    And my deceived attempt, deserved more fame:
    Than if I had the victory mine own,
    And thy hard heart had yielded up the same.
And so, likewise, renowned is thy blame!
    Thy cruelty! thy glory! O strange case!        10
    That errors should be graced, that merit shame;
    And sin of frowns bring honour to the face.
Yet, happy D E L I A !, that thou wast unkind;
But happier yet, if thou would’st change thy mind!

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