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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 40. My heart the Anvil where my thoughts do beat
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1594 (No. 44), and in all later editions.]

MY heart the Anvil where my thoughts do beat;
My words the Hammers fashioning my Desire;
My breast the Forge including all the heat,
Love is the Fuel which maintains the fire.
  My sighs the Bellows which the flame increaseth,        5
Filling mine ears with noise and nightly groaning.
Toiling with pain, my labour never ceaseth;
In grievous Passions, my woes still bemoaning.
  My eyes with tears against the fire striving,
Whose scorching glede, my heart to cinders turneth:        10
But with those drops, the flame again reviving
Still more and more it, to my torment burneth.
  With SISYPHUS thus do I roll the stone,
  And turn the wheel with damnèd IXION.

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