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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 39. Some, when in rhyme, they of their loves do tell
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1594 (No. 18), and in all later editions.]

SOME, when in rhyme, they of their loves do tell;
With flames and lightnings their exordiums paint.
Some call on heaven, some invocate on hell,
And Fates and Furies, with their woes acquaint.
  Elizium is too high a seat for me.        5
I will not come in Styx or Phlegethon.
The thrice-three Muses but too wanton be.
Like they that lust, I care not, I will none!
  Spiteful ERINNYS frights me with her looks,
My manhood dares not, with foul ATE mell.        10
I quake to look on HECATE’s charming books.
I still fear bugbears in APOLLO’s cell.
  I pass not for MINERVA! nor ASTREA!
  Only I call on my divine IDEA!

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