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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Sonet LI
XI. Henry Lok
From the “First Centurie of Sonets”

  WHILST in the garden of this earthly soile
  Myself to solace and to bath I bend,
  And fain would quench sin’s heat, which seems to boile
  Amidst my secret thoughts, which shadow lend:
My sence and reasons which should me defend,        5
  As iudges chosen to the common weale,
  Allur’d by lust, my ruine do pretend
  By force of sin, which shamelesse they reueale:
They secretly on my affections steale,
  When modestie my maides I sent away,        10
  To whom for helpe I thought I might appeale,
  But grace yet strengthens me to say them nay:
    Yet they accuse me, Lord, and die I shall,
    If Christ my Daniell be not iudge of all.

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