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SONNET.

TO .

1 "SWEET is the Love that comes with willingness:"
2 So sings the sweetest Bard
a Spense
that ever sung;
3 Ten thousand blessings on his tuneful tongue,
4 Who felt and plain'd true lovers' sore distress!
5 Sweet were the joys which once you did possess,
6 When on the yielding Fair one's lips you hung;
7 The sorer now your tender heart is wrung
8 With sad remembrance of her fickleness:
9 Yet let not grief and heart-consuming care
10 Prey on your soul; but let your constant mind
11 Bear up with strength and manly hardiness;
12 Your worth may move a more deserving Fair;
13 And she, that scornful beauty, soon may find,
14 Sharp are the pangs that follow faithlessness.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET. TO —.
Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; love
Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
References: DMI 32628

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. IV. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 54. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004)

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