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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Fidessa
Sonnet L. When I the hooks of pleasure first devoured
Bartholomew Griffin (d. 1602)
 
WHEN I the hooks of pleasure first devoured,
  Which undigested, threaten now to choke me;
Fortune on me, her golden graces showered:
  O then Delight did to delight provoke me!
Delight, false instrument of my decay!        5
  Delight the nothing that doth all things move;
Made me first wander from the perfect way,
  And fast entangled me in the snares of love.
Then my unhappy happiness, at first, began,
  Happy in that I loved the fairest Fair;        10
Unhappily despised, a hapless man:
  Thus Joy did triumph! Triumph did despair!
My conquest is, which shall the conquest gain?
FIDESSA, author both of joy and pain!
 
 
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