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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 48. Cupid, I hate thee! which I’d have thee know!
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1619.]

CUPID, I hate thee! which I’d have thee know!
A naked starveling ever mayst thou be!
Poor rogue! go pawn thy fascia and thy bow
For some poor rags, wherewith to cover thee!
  Or if thou ’lt not, thy archery forbear!        5
To some base rustic do thyself prefer!
And when the corn ’s sown, or grown into the ear;
Practice thy quiver, and turn crowkeeper!
  Or being blind, as fittest for the trade,
Go hire thyself some bungling harper’s boy!        10
They that are blind are minstrels often made!
So mayst thou live, to thy fair mother’s joy!
  That whilst with MARS she holdeth her old way,
  Thou, her blind son, mayst sit by them and play.

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