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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 15. Since to obtain thee, nothing me will stead
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1619.]

His Remedy for Love

SINCE to obtain thee, nothing me will stead,
I have a Med’cine that shall cure my Love.
The powder of her Heart dried, when she is dead,
That gold nor honour ne’er had power to move;
  Mixed with her Tears that ne’er her True Love crost,        5
Nor, at fifteen, ne’er longed to be a bride;
Boiled with her Sighs, in giving up the ghost,
That for her late deceasèd husband died;
  Into the same, then let a woman breathe,
That being chid, did never word reply;        10
With one thrice-married’s Prayers, that did bequeath
A legacy to stale virginity.
  If this receipt have not the power to win me;
  Little I’ll say, but think the Devil ’s in me!

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