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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XIII. I know, within my mouth, for bashful fear
Richard Linche (fl. 1596–1601)
I KNOW, within my mouth, for bashful fear
  and dread of your disdain, my words will die!
I know, I shall be stricken dumb, my Dear!
  with doubt of your unpitiful reply.
I know, when as I shall before you lie        5
  prostrate and humble, craving help of you;
Misty aspects will cloud your sun-bright eye,
  and scornful looks o’ershade your beauty’s hue.
I know, when I shall plead my love so true,
  so stainless, constant, loyal, and upright;        10
My truthful pleadings will not cause you rue
  The ne’er-heard state of my distressèd plight.
I know, when I shall come with face bedight
  with streaming tears, fallen from my fountain eyes,

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