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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Diana
The Fourth Decade
Sonnet I. Needs must I leave, and yet needs must I love!
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
 
NEEDS must I leave, and yet needs must I love!
  In vain my wit doth tell in verse my woe:
  Despair in me, disdain in thee, doth show
  How by my wit I do my folly prove.
All this; my heart from love can never move.        5
  Love is not in my heart. No, Lady! No,
  My heart is love itself. Till I forego
  My heart, I never can my love remove.
How can I then leave love? I do intend
  Not to crave grace, but yet to wish it still;        10
  Not to praise thee, but Beauty to commend:
  And so, by Beauty’s praise, praise thee I will!
For as my heart is Love, love not in me:
So Beauty thou, beauty is not in thee!
 
 
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