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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet XLVIII. Innocent paper; whom too cruel hand
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
INNOCENT paper; whom too cruel hand
Did make the matter to avenge her ire:
And, ere she could thy cause well understand,
Did sacrifice unto the greedy fire.
Well worthy thou to have found better hire,        5
Than so bad end for heretics ordained;
Yet heresy nor treason didst conspire,
But plead thy master’s cause, unjustly pained.
Whom she, all careless of his grief, constrained
To utter forth the anguish of his heart:        10
And would not hear, when he to her complained
The piteous passion of his dying smart.
  Yet live for ever, though against her will,
  And speak her good, though she requite it ill.

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