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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet IV. Did you sometimes three German brethren see
Bartholomew Griffin (d. 1602)
DID you sometimes three German brethren see;
  Rancour ’twixt two of them so raging rife,
That th’one could stick the other with his knife?
  Now if the third assaulted chance to be
By a fourth stranger; him set on the three!        5
  Them two ’twixt whom afore was deadly strife,
Made one to rob the stranger of his life.
  Then do you know our state as well as we!
Beauty and Chastity, with her were born,
  Both at one birth; and up with her did grow.        10
Beauty, still foe to Chastity was sworn;
  And Chastity sworn to be Beauty’s foe:
And yet when I lay siege unto her heart,
Beauty and Chastity both take her part!

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