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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Zepheria
Canzon 21. And is it by immutable Decree
Anonymous
 
AND is it by immutable Decree
(Immutable, yet cruel Ordnance!)
Ordained (still forced, I cry, “O strange impiety!”)
On True Love, to impose such tyrant penance?
  That We, unto each other shall surrender        5
The sealed indentures of our love compacted;
And that thereof we make such loyal tender
As best shall seem to them that so enacted!
  Then list, while I advertise once again,
“Though we yield up our charters so ensealed:        10
Yet see that thou safeguard my counterpane!
And I, in heart, shall keep thy bond uncancelled;
  And so hereafter (if, at least, you please!)
  We’ll plead this Redelivery was by duress!”
 
 
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