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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 42. Some men there be, which like my method well
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1594 (No. 28), and in all later editions.]

SOME men there be, which like my method well,
And much commend the strangeness of my vein.
Some say I have a passing pleasing strain,
Some say that in my humour I excel.
  Some, who not kindly relish my conceit,        5
They say, as poets do I use to feign,
And in bare words paint out my Passions’ pain.
Thus sundry men, their sundry minds repeat.
  I pass not, I, how men affected be!
Nor who commends or discommends my Verse!        10
It pleaseth me, if I my woes rehearse!
And in my lines, if She, my love may see!
  Only my comfort still consists in this;
  Writing her praise, I cannot write amiss!

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