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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
IV. Love Vindicating Its Rejecter
By Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)
 
(Entitled by the Author, “Troilus and Cressida”)

HAD I been worthy of the love you gave,
That love withdrawn had left me sad, but strong:
My heart had been as silent as my tongue;
My bed had been unfevered as my grave:
I had not striven for what I could not save:        5
Back, back to heaven my great hopes I had flung:
To have much suffered, having done no wrong,
Had seemed to me that noble part the brave
Account it ever. What this hour I am
Affirms the unworthiness that in me lurked:        10
Some sapping poison through my substance worked,
Some sin not trivial, though it lacked a name,
Which ratifies the deed that you have done
With plain approval. Other plea seek none.
 
 
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