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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 3. Taking my pen, with words to cast my woe
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1599 (No. 6), and in all later editions.]

TAKING my pen, with words to cast my woe,
Duly to count the sum of all my cares;
I find, my griefs innumerable grow:
The reck’nings rise to millions of despairs.
  And thus dividing of my fatal hours:        5
The payments of my Love, I read and cross;
Subtracting, set my Sweets unto my Sours.
My Joys’ arrearage leads me to my loss.
  And thus mine eyes a debtor to thine eye,
Which by extortion gaineth all their looks;        10
My heart hath paid such grievous usury,
That all their wealth lies in thy Beauty’s books,
  And all is Thine which hath been due to me;
  And I a bankrupt, quite undone by Thee!

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