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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet XVIII. The rolling wheel that runneth often round
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
THE ROLLING wheel that runneth often round,
The hardest steel, in tract of time doth tear:
And drizzling drops, that often do redound,
The firmest flint doth in continuance wear:
Yet cannot I, with many a dropping tear        5
And long entreaty, soften her hard heart;
That she will once vouchsafe my plaint to hear,
Or look with pity on my painful smart;
But, when I plead, she bids me play my part;
And, when I weep, she says, “Tears are but water,”        10
And, when I sigh, she says, “I know the art”;
And, when I wail, she turns her self to laughter.
  So do I weep, and wail, and plead in vain,
  Whiles she as steel and flint doth still remain.

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