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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Phillis
Sonnet XXIII. Burst, burst, poor heart! Thou hast no longer hope
Thomas Lodge (1558–1625)
 
BURST, burst, poor heart! Thou hast no longer hope;
Captive mine eyes unto eternal sleep;
Let all my senses have no further scope;
Let death be lord of me and all my sheep!
  For Phillis hath betrothèd fierce disdain,        5
That makes his mortal mansion in her heart;
And though my tongue have long time taken pain
To sue divorce and wed her to desert.
  She will not yield, my words can have no power;
She scorns my faith, she laughs at my sad lays,        10
She fills my soul with never-ceasing sour,
Who filled the world with volumes of her praise.
  In such extremes what wretch can cease to crave
  His peace from death, who can no mercy have!
 
 
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