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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet X. To win the Fort, how oft have I assayed!
William Percy (1575–1648)
A Mystery.

[Cf. Barnes’s Parthenophil.]

TO win the Fort, how oft have I assayed!
Wherein the heart of my fair Mistress lies.
What rams, what mines, what plots have I not laid!
Yet still am frighted from mine enterprise.
  First from the leads of that proud citadel        5
Do foulder forth two fiery Culverins,
Under, two red coats keep the Larum Bell
For fear of close or open venturings;
  Before the gates, Scorn, Fear, and Modesty
Do toss amain their pikes; but ’bove them all        10
Pudicity wields her staff most manfully,
Guarded with blocks, that keep me from the wall.
  Yet if this staff will ford me clear the way;
  In spite of all, I’ll bear my Dame away!

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