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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 44. Whilst thus my pen strives to eternize thee
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1599 (No. 43), and in all later editions.]

WHILST thus my pen strives to eternize thee,
Age rules my lines with wrinkles in my face;
Where, in the Map of all my Misery,
Is modelled out the World of my disgrace:
  Whilst in despite of tyrannizing Times,        5
MEDEAlike, I make thee young again!
Proudly thou scorn’st my world-outwearing rhymes,
And murder’st Virtue with thy coy disdain!
  And though in youth, my youth untimely perish,
To keep Thee from oblivion and the grave;        10
Ensuing Ages yet my Rhymes shall cherish,
Where I entombed, my better part shall save;
  And though this earthly body fade and die,
  My Name shall mount upon Eternity!

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