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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. Special Pleading
By Thomas James Judkin
(Craving the Critic’s Notice)

GENTLE, 1 it is my wont, when newly writ
  A sonnet, madrigal, or ode, to show
  The same to Emily, that I may know
By her sweet face (taste’s dial) if in it
Be aught unworthy of a poet’s fit;        5
  And with the knittings of her altered brow,
  Or with the playful smiles that come and go,
I hold no parle, but instantly commit,
Or not, such brain-work to the flames. Thus, Sir,
  I now beseech, in Courtesy’s good name,        10
  Where there is need thou wilt but gently blame,
Seeing that half the fault belongs to her;
  Yet speak thy best praise freely when ’t is due,
  Since one kind word for her, to me is two.
Note 1. “By-Gone Moods; or, Hues of Fancy and Feeling, from the Spring to the Autumn of Life. By the Rev. T. J. Judkin, M. A., formerly of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. London, 1856.” [back]

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