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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet LXV. The doubt which ye misdeem, fair love, is vain
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
THE DOUBT which ye misdeem, fair love, is vain,
That fondly fear to lose your liberty;
When, losing one, two liberties ye gain,
And make him bond that bondage erst did fly.
Sweet be the bands, the which true love doth tie        5
Without constraint, or dread of any ill;
The gentle bird feels no captivity
Within her cage; but sings, and feeds her fill.
There pride dare not approach, nor discord spill
The league ’twixt them, that loyal love hath bound:        10
But simple truth, and mutual good-will,
Seeks with sweet peace, to salve each other’s wound:
  There faith doth fearless dwell in brazen tower,
  And spotless pleasure builds her sacred bower.

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