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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Sonnets after Astrophel, etc.
Sonnet XVI. Weigh but the cause! and give me leave to plain me
Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
 
[Not reprinted in Delia, Daniel’s authorised collection, 1592–4.]

WEIGH but the cause! and give me leave to plain me,
For all my hurt, that my heart’s Queen hath wrought it;
She whom I love so dear, the more to pain me,
Withholds my right, where I have dearly bought it.
  Dearly I bought that was so highly rated,        5
Even with the price of blood and body’s wasting;
She would not yield that ought might be abated,
For all she saw my love was pure and lasting:
  And yet now scorns performance of the passion;
And with her presence JUSTICE overruleth.        10
She tells me flat her beauty bears no action;
And so my plea and process she excludeth.
    What wrong she doth, the world may well perceive it:
    To accept my faith at first, and then to leave it.
 
 
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