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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XIII. Breathing forth sighs of most heart-breaking might
Richard Linche (fl. 1596–1601)
[The same number is repeated, a kind of double Sonnet on the same thought, being attempted.]

BREATHING forth sighs of most heart-breaking might,
  my tears, my sighs, and me, you will despise!
I know, when with the power that in me lies,
  and all the prayers and vows that women move,
I shall in humblest mercy-moving wise,        5
  intreat, beseech, desire, and beg your love:
I know, sweet Maiden! all will not remove
  flint-hearted rigour from your rocky breast!
But all my means, my suit, and what I prove,
  prove bad, and I must live in all unrest.        10
Dying in life, and living still in death,
And yet nor die, nor draw a life-like breath.

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