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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XXI. He that will Cæsar be, or else not be
Bartholomew Griffin (d. 1602)
HE that will CÆSAR be, or else not be,
  (Who can aspire to CÆSAR’s bleeding fame!)
Must be of high resolve; but what is he
  That thinks to gain a second CÆSAR’s name?
Whoe’er he be that climbs above his strength,        5
  And climbeth high; the greater is his fall!
For though he sit awhile, we see at length,
  His slippery place no firmness hath at all!
Great is his bruise that falleth from on high.
  This warneth me that I should not aspire;        10
Examples should prevail! I care not, I!
  I perish must, or have what I desire!
This humour doth with mine full well agree.
I must FIDESSA’s be, or else not be!

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