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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet LII. So oft as homeward I from her depart
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
SO oft as homeward I from her depart,
I go like one that, having lost the field,
Is prisoner led away with heavy heart,
Despoiled of warlike arms and knowen shield.
So do I now myself a prisoner yield        5
To sorrow and to solitary pain;
From presence of my dearest dear exiled,
Long-while alone in languor to remain.
There let no thought of joy, or pleasure vain,
Dare to approach, that may my solace breed;        10
But sudden dumps, and dreary sad disdain
Of all world’s gladness, more my torment feed.
  So I her absence will my penance make,
  That of her presence I my meed may take.

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