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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 28. To such as say, thy Love I overprize
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1602 (No. 31), and in all later editions.]

TO such as say, thy Love I overprize,
And do not stick to term my praises, folly;
Against these folks, that think themselves so wise,
I thus oppose my reason’s forces wholly.
  Though I give more than well affords my state,        5
In which expense, the most suppose me vain
(Which yields them nothing, at the easiest rate),
Yet, at this price, returns me treble gain.
  They value not, unskilful how to use;
And I give much, because I gain thereby:        10
I that thus take, or they that thus refuse;
Whether are these deceivèd then, or I?
  In everything, I hold this maxim still,
  The circumstance doth make it good or ill.

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