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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Zepheria
Canzon 10. How made I, then, attempt in courtly fashion
Anonymous
 
HOW made I, then, attempt in courtly fashion,
To gain the virgin conquest of thy love?
How did my sighs decipher inward Passion,
When they to kind regard thy heart did move?
  When thou vouchsaf’st to grace the evening air,        5
How have I lain in ambush to betray thee?
Our eyes have skirmished! but my tongue would pray thee
To join thy Pity partner with thy Fair!
  Since that, how often have they sent wept Elegies
To beg remorse at thy obdurate heart!        10
How often hath my Muse in comic poesies,
To feed thy humour, played a comic part!
  But, now, the Pastime of my pen is silenced!
  To act in Tragic Vein, alone is licensed.
 
 
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