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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 27. Is not Love here, as ’tis in other climes?
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1619.]

IS not Love here, as ’tis in other climes?
And differeth it, as do the several nations?
Or hath it lost the virtue, with the Times?
Or in this island altereth with the fashions?
  Or have our Passions lesser power than theirs,        5
Who had less Art, them lively to express?
Is Nature grown less powerful in their heirs,
Or in our fathers, did she more transgress?
  I am sure, my sighs come from a heart as true
As any man’s that Memory can boast!        10
And my respects and services to you,
Equal with his, that loves his Mistress most!
  Or Nature must be partial in my cause,
  Or only You do violate her laws!

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