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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet XI. Daily when I do seek and sue for peace
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
DAILY when I do seek and sue for peace,
And hostages do offer for my truth;
She, cruel warrior, doth herself address
To battle, and the weary war renew’th;
Ne will be moved with reason, or with ruth,        5
To grant small respite to my restless toil;
But greedily her fell intent pursu’th,
Of my poor life to make unpitied spoil.
Yet my poor life, all sorrows to assoil,
I would her yield, her wrath to pacify:        10
But then she seeks, with torment and turmoil,
To force me live, and will not let me die.
  All pain hath end, and every war hath peace;
  But mine, no price nor prayer may surcease.

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