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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet 11. You’re not alone when You are still alone
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
[First printed in 1599 (No. 12), and in all later editions.]

YOU’RE not alone when You are still alone,
O God! from You that I could private be!
Since You one were, I never since was one;
Since You in Me, my self since out of Me.
  Transported from my Self into your Being,        5
Though either distant, present yet to either:
Senselessly with too much joy, each other seeing;
And only absent, when We are together.
  Give me my self! and take your self again!
Devise some means but how I may forsake You!        10
So much is mine that doth with You remain,
That taking what is mine, with me I take You!
  You do bewitch Me! O that I could fly
  From my self You, or from your own self I!

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