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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Licia
Sonnet V. Love, with her hair, my Love by force hath tied
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
 
LOVE, with her hair, my Love by force hath tied;
To serve her lips, her eyes, her voice, her hand.
I smiled for joy when I the boy espied
To lie unchained, and live at her command.
  She, if She look, or kiss, or sing, or smile;        5
CUPID withal doth smile, doth sing, doth kiss.
Lips, hands, voice, eyes, all hearts that may beguile;
Because She scorns, all hearts but only this.
  VENUS for this in pride began to frown,
That CUPID, born a god, inthralled should be:        10
She, in disdain, her pretty son threw down;
And in his place, with love she chainèd me.
  So now, sweet Love, tho’ I myself be thrall;
  Not her a goddess, but thyself, I call.
 
 
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