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Idea
Sonnet 35. Some misbelieving and profane in Love
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
 
[First printed in 1594 (No. 12), and in all later editions.]

To Miracle

SOME misbelieving and profane in Love,
When I do speak of miracles by thee,
May say, that thou art flatterèd by me;
Who only write, my skill in Verse to prove.
  See miracles! ye Unbelieving, see!        5
A dumb-born Muse made to express the mind!
A cripple Hand to write, yet lame by kind!
One by thy name, the other touching thee.
  Blind were mine eyes, till they were seen of thine;
And mine ears deaf, by thy fame healèd be:        10
My vices cured by virtues sprung from thee;
My hopes revived, which long in grave had lien.
  All unclean thoughts (foul spirits) cast out in me,
  Only by virtue that proceeds from thee.
 
 
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