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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 7. Love, in a humour, played the prodigal
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1599 (No. 10), and in all later editions.]

LOVE, in a humour, played the prodigal,
And bade my Senses to a solemn feast;
Yet more to grace the company withal,
Invites my Heart to be the chiefest guest.
  No other drink would serve this glutton’s turn,        5
But precious Tears distilling from mine ey’n;
Which with my Sighs this epicure doth burn,
Quaffing carouses in this costly wine:
  Where, in his cups, o’ercome with foul excess,
Straightways he plays a swaggering ruffian’s part,        10
And at the banquet, in his drunkenness,
Slew his dear friend, my kind and truest Heart.
  A gentle warning, friends! thus may you see,
  What ’tis to keep a drunkard, company!

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