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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Diana
The Fourth Decade
Sonnet IV. Fools be they, that inveigh ’gainst Mahomet
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
 
FOOLS be they, that inveigh ’gainst MAHOMET;
  Who’s but a moral of love’s monarchy.
  By a dull adamant, as straw by jet,
  He in an iron chest was drawn on high.
In midst of Mecca’s temple roof, some say,        5
  He now hangs, without touch or stay at all.
  That MAHOMET is She, to whom I pray;
  May ne’er man pray so ineffectual!
Mine eyes, love’s strange exhaling adamants,
  Un’wares, to my heart’s temple’s height have wrought        10
  The iron Idol that compassion wants;
  Who my oft tears and travails sets at nought.
Iron hath been transformed to gold by art
Her face, limbs, flesh and all, gold; save her heart.
 
 
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