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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
The Tears of Fancie
Sonnet XX. My hart accus’d mine eies and was offended
Thomas Watson (1555–1592)
 
MY hart accus’d mine eies and was offended,
Vowing the cause was in mine eies aspiring:
Mine eies affirmd my hart might well amend it,
If he at first had banisht loues desiring.
Hart said that loue did enter at the eies,        5
And from the eies descended to the hart:
Eies said that in the hart did sparkes arise,
Which kindled flame that wrought the inward smart,
Hart said eies tears might soone haue quencht that fl[ame,]
Eies said harts sighs at first might loue exile:        10
So hart the eies and eies the hart did blame,
VVhilst both did pine for both the paine did feele.
Hart sighed and bled, eies wept and gaz’d too much,
Yet must I gaze because I see none such.
 
 
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