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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 51. Calling to mind since first my Love begun
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1605 (No. 51), and in all later editions.]

CALLING to mind since first my Love begun,
The uncertain Times, oft varying in their course;
How things still unexpectedly have run,
As it please the Fates, by their resistless force.
  Lastly, mine eyes amazèdly have seen        5
ESSEX’s great fall! TYRONE his peace to gain!
The quiet end of that long living Queen!
This King’s fair Entrance! and our peace with Spain!
  We and the Dutch at length ourselves to sever!
Thus the World doth and evermore shall reel:        10
Yet to my goddess am I constant ever!
Howe’er blind Fortune turn her giddy wheel,
  Though heaven and earth prove both to me untrue,
  Yet am I still inviolate to You!

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