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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 24. I hear some say, “This man is not in love!”
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1602 (No. 27), and in all later editions.]

I HEAR some say, “This man is not in love!”
“Who! can he love? a likely thing!” they say.
“Read but his Verse, and it will easily prove!”
O, judge not rashly, gentle Sir, I pray!
  Because I loosely trifle in this sort,        5
As one that fain his sorrows would beguile:
You now suppose me, all this time, in sport;
And please yourself with this conceit the while.
  Ye shallow Censures! sometimes, see ye not,
In greatest perils, some men pleasant be;        10
Where Fame by death is only to be got,
They resolute! So stands the case with me.
  Where other men, in depth of Passion cry;
  I laugh at Fortune, as in jest to die!

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