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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Sonnet XIV. If a true heart and faith unfeigned
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
 
IF a true heart and faith unfeigned;
If a sweet languish with a chaste desire;
If hunger-starven thoughts so long retained,
Fed but with smoke, and cherished but with fire;
  And if a brow with CARE’s characters painted;        5
Bewray my love, with broken words half spoken,
To her which sits in my thoughts’ temple, sainted;
And lay to view my vulture-gnawen heart open:
  If I have wept the day and sighed the night,
While thrice the sun approached his northern bound;        10
If such a faith hath ever wrought aright,
And well deserved, and yet no favour found.
    Let this suffice; the whole world it may see,
    The fault is hers, though mine the most hurt be.
 
 
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