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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Cœlia
Sonnet XVII. Relent, my dear, yet unkind Cœlia!
William Percy (1575–1648)
 
RELENT, my dear, yet unkind CŒLIA!
At length, relent, and give my sorrows end!
So shall I keep my long-wished holiday,
And set a trophy on a froward friend!
  Nor tributes, nor imposts, nor other duties        5
Demand I will, as lawful Conqueror!
Duties, tributes, imposts unto thy beauties,
Myself will pay as yieldèd Servitor!
  Then quick relent! thyself surrender us!
“Brave Sir, and why,” quoth She, “must I relent?”        10
“Relent,” cried I, “thyself doth conquer us!”
When eftsoons with my proper instrument
  She cut me off, ay me! and answerèd,
  “You cannot conquer, and be conquerèd.”
 
 
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