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And supplicant their sighs to you extend,
To leave the battery that you make 'gainst mine,
Lending soft audience to my sweet design,
And credent soul to that strong bonded oath,
That shall prefer and undertake my troth.

“ This said, bis watery eyes he did dismount, Whose sights till then were levelled on my face ; Each cheek a river running from a fount With brinish current downward flowed apace: 0, how the channel to the stream gave grace! Who, glazed with crystal, gated the glowing roses That flame through water which their hue encloses.

“O father, what a hell of witchcraft lies
In the small orb of one particular tear !
But with the inundation of the eyes
What rocky heart to water will not wear?
What breast so cold that is not warméd here?
O cleft effect !? cold modesty, hot wrath,
Both fire from hence and chill extincturc liath !

“ For lo! his passion, but an art of crast,
Even there resolved my reason into tears;
There my white stole of chastity I daffed,
Shook off my sober guards, and civil' fears ;
Appear to him, as he to me appears,
All melting; though our drops this difference

Ais poisoned me, and mine did him restore.

1 Gate, got, procured.

2 O clefi efect. The reading of the original is Or, cleft effect Malone substituted “ O cleft effect.

3 Civii, decorous.

“ In him a plenitude of subtle matter,
Applied to cautels,' all strange forms receives,
Of burning blushes, or of weeping water,
Or swooning paleness; and he takes and leaves,
In either's aptness, as it best deceives,
To blush at speeches rank, to weep at woes,
Or to turn white and swoon at tragic shows;

" That not a heart which in his level came
Could ’scape the hail of his all-hurting aim,
Showing fair nature is both kind and tame;
And, veiled in them, did win whom he would maim:
Against the thing he sought he would exclaim;
When he most burned in heart-wished luxury,
He preached pure maid, and praised cold chastity.

“ Thus merely with the garment of a Grace
The naked and concealed fiend he covered,
That the unexperienced gave the tempter place,
Which, like a cherubim, above them hovered.
Who, young and simple, would not be so lovered ?
Ah me! I fell: and yet do question make
What I should do again for such a sake.

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“0, that infected moisture of his eye,
0, that false fire which in his cheek se glowed,
0, that forced thunder from his heart did fly,
0, that sad breath his spongy lungs bestowed.
0, all that borrowed motion, seeming owed,
Would yet again betray the fore-betrayed,
And new pervert a reconciléd maid !"

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i Caulels, deceitful purposes. 2 Owed, owned; his own.



Did not the heavenly rhetoric of thine eye,
'Gainst whom the world could not hold argument,
Persuade my heart to this false perjury ?
Vows for thee broke deserve not punishment.
A woman I forswore; but I will prove,
Thou being a goddess, I forswore not thee:
My vow was earthly, thou a heavenly love;
Thy grace being gained cures all disgrace in me.
My vow was breath, and breath a vapor is:
Then, thou fair sun, that on this earth doth shine,
Exhale this vapor vow; in thee it is:
If broken, then it is no fault of mine.

If by me broke, what fool is not so wise
To lose an oath to win a paradise ?

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? The foregoing Sonnet appears, with some variations, in Love's Labor 's Lost, the first edition of which was printed in 1598. We give the lines in which the variations occur:

“ 'Gainst whom the world cannot hold argument.”
“ Vows are, but breath, and breath a vapor is;

Then thou fair sun, which on my earth dosl shine,

Exhalsl this vapor vow; in thee it is." The text of the play is evidently superior to that in The Passion. ate Pilgrim.

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