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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet VI. Be naught dismayed that her unmoved mind
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
BE naught dismayed that her unmoved mind
Doth still persist in her rebellious pride:
Such love, not like to lusts of baser kind,
The harder won, the firmer will abide.
The dureful oak, whose sap is not yet dried,        5
Is long ere it conceive the kindling fire;
But, when it once doth burn, it doth divide
Great heat, and makes his flames to heaven aspire.
So hard it is to kindle new desire
In gentle breast, that shall endure for ever:        10
Deep is the wound, that dints the parts entire
With chaste affects that naught but death can sever;
  Then think not long in taking little pain
  To knit the knot, that ever shall remain.

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