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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet XII. One day I sought with her heart-thrilling eyes
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
ONE day I sought with her heart-thrilling eyes
To make a truce, and terms to entertain:
All fearless then of so false enemies,
Which sought me to entrap in treason’s train.
So, as I then disarmed did remain,        5
A wicked ambush which lay hidden long
In the close covert of her guileful eyen,
Thence breaking forth, did thick about me throng.
Too feeble I t’ abide the brunt so strong,
Was forced to yield myself into their hands;        10
Who, me captiving straight with rigorous wrong,
Have ever since me kept in cruel bands.
  So, Lady, now to you I do complain,
  Against your eyes, that justice I may gain.

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