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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XX. Receive these writs, my sweet and dearest Friend!
William Percy (1575–1648)
RECEIVE these writs, my sweet and dearest Friend!
The lively patterns of my lifeless body;
Where thou shalt find in ebon pictures penned,
How I was meek, but thou extremely bloody!
  I’ll walk forlorn along the willow shades,        5
Alone, complaining of a ruthless Dame:
Where’er I pass, the rocks, the hills, the glades,
In piteous yells shall sound her cruel name!
  There will I wail the lot that Fortune sent me,
And make my moans unto the savage ears!        10
The remnant of the days which Nature lent me;
I’ll spend them all, concealed, in ceaseless tears!
  Since unkind Fates permit me not t’enjoy her;
  No more, burst eyes! I mean for to annoy her!

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