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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 62. When first I ended, then I first began
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1594 (No. 50), and in all later editions.]

WHEN first I ended, then I first began;
Then more I travelled further from my rest.
Where most I lost, there most of all I wan;
Pined with hunger, rising from a feast.
  Methinks, I fly, yet want I legs to go;        5
Wise in conceit, in act a very sot.
Ravished with joy amidst a hell of woe;
What most I seem that surest am I not.
  I build my hopes, a world above the sky;
Yet with the mole I creep into the earth.        10
In plenty I am starved with penury;
And yet I surfeit in the greatest dearth.
  I have, I want; despair, and yet desire:
  Burned in a sea of ice, and drowned amidst a fire.

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