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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XXXII. My fixèd faith against oblivion fights
William Smith (fl. 1596)
MY fixèd faith against oblivion fights;
And I cannot forget her, pretty Elf!
Although she cruel be unto my plights;
Yet let me rather clean forget myself,
  Than her sweet name out of my mind should go:        5
Which is th’ elixir of my pining soul;
From whence the essence of my life doth flow.
Whose beauty rare, my senses all control;
  Themselves most happy evermore accounting
That such a Nymph is Queen of their affection:        10
With ravished rage, they to the skies are mounting;
Esteeming not their thraldom nor subjection.
  But still do joy amidst their misery;
  With patience bearing LOVE’s captivity.

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