Thomas Humphry Ward, ed. The English Poets. 18801918. Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
Extracts from The Hecatompathia: Passion XL
By Thomas Watson (15551592)
The sense contained in this Sonnet will seem strange to such as never have acquainted themselves with Love and his Laws, because of the contraieties mentioned therein. But to such, as Love at any time hath had under his banner, all and every part of it will appear to be a familiar truth. It is almost word for word taken out of Petrarch (where he beginneth,
Pace non truouo, e non ho da far guerra;
E temo, espero, etc.?) Parte prima Sonet. 105.
All, except three verses, which this Author hath necessarily added, for perfecting the number, which he hath determined to use in every one of these his passions.