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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Zepheria
Canzon 22. It was not long ago, since, like a wanton
Anonymous
 
IT was not long ago, since, like a wanton,
Froward, displeased with that it loves, I wis,
Improved, I did write to thee, a Canton,
Wherein I seemed to turn LOVE out of service.
  Well said I herein, that I did but “seem” it!        5
Loath to depart, he still retained to me;
Although displeased, yet each one well might deem,
He was my servant, while he wore my livery!
  Pensively grieved with that, that I had done,
I wrote a Sonnet, which, by syllable,        10
Eat up the former, and withal craved pardon;
Vowing a large amends, as time should able.
  “But who beyond his power vows, offends!
  Presumptuous as thou art! to name Amends.”
 
 
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