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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XXIV. Striving is past! Ah, I must sink and drown
Bartholomew Griffin (d. 1602)
STRIVING is past! Ah, I must sink and drown,
  And that in sight of long descrièd shore!
I cannot send for aid unto the town!
  All help is vain, and I must die therefore.
Then poor distressèd caitiff, be resolved        5
  To leave this earthly dwelling fraught with care!
Cease will, thy woes! Thy corpse in earth involved,
  Thou diest for her that will no help prepare.
O see, my case, herself doth now behold!
  The casement open is! She seems to speak!        10
But She is gone! O then I dare be bold
  And needs must say, “She caused my heart to break!”
I die before I drown, O heavy case!
It was because I saw my Mistress’s face.

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