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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 23. Love banished heaven, in earth was held in scorn
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1599 (No. 24), and in all later editions.]

LOVE banished heaven, in earth was held in scorn;
Wand’ring abroad in need and beggary:
And wanting friends, though of a goddess born,
Yet craved the alms of such as passèd by.
  I, like a man devout and charitable,        5
Clothèd the naked, lodged this wandering guest;
With sighs and tears still furnishing his table,
With what might make the miserable blest.
  But this Ungrateful! for my good desert,
Inticed my thoughts, against me to conspire;        10
Who gave consent to steal away my heart,
And set my breast (his lodging) on a fire.
  Well, well, my friends! when beggars grow thus bold;
  No marvel then, though Charity grow cold.

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