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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Zepheria
Canzon 20. How often hath my pen (mine heart’s Solicitor!)
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HOW often hath my pen (mine heart’s Solicitor!)
Instructed thee in Breviat of my case!
While Fancy-pleading eyes (thy beauty’s Visitor!)
Have patterned to my quill, an angel’s face.
  How have my Sonnets (faithful Counsellors!)        5
Thee, without ceasing moved for Day of Hearing!
While they, my Plaintive Cause (my faith’s Revealers!)
Thy long delay, my patience, in thine ear ring.
  How have I stood at bar of thine own conscience;
When in Requesting Court my suit I brought!        10
How have thy long adjournments slowed the sentence,
Which I (through much expense of tears) besought!
  Through many difficulties have I run,
  Ah, sooner wert thou lost, I wis, than won!
 
 
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