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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XXVIII. What cruel star, or fate, had dominion
William Smith (fl. 1596)
WHAT cruel star, or fate, had dominion
When I was born? that thus my love is crossed.
Or from what planet had I derivation?
That thus my life in seas of woe is crossed.
  Doth any live that ever hath such hap,        5
That all their actions are of none effect?
Whom Fortune never dandled in her lap;
But, as an abject, still doth me reject.
  Ah, fickle Dame! and yet thou constant art
My daily grief and anguish to increase!        10
And to augment the troubles of my heart;
Thou, of these bonds will never me release!
  So that thy darlings, me to be may know,
  The true Idea of all Worldly Woe.

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