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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 19. You cannot love, my pretty Heart! and why?
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1599 (No. 2), and in all later editions.]

To Humour

YOU cannot love, my pretty Heart! and why?
There was a time you told me that you would;
But now again, you will the same deny!
If it might please you, would to God you could!
  What, will you hate? Nay, that you will not neither!        5
Nor love, nor hate! how then? What will you do?
What, will you keep a mean then betwixt either?
Or will you love me, and yet hate me too?
  Yet serves not this! What next, what other shift?
You Will, and Will Not; what a coil is here!        10
I see your craft! Now, I perceive your drift!
And all this while, I was mistaken there.
  Your love and hate is this, I now do prove you!
  You love in hate, by hate to make me love you.

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