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GULLINGE SONNETS
By Sir John Davies

Neroccio. Portrait of a Lady, 1490.
Neroccio. Portrait of a Lady, 1490.


VIII.       

My case is this, I love Zepheria bright,
     Of her I hold my heart by fealty
     Which I discharge to her perpetually,
Yet she thereof will never me acquit.
For now supposing I withhold her right,
     She hath distrained my heart to satisfy
     The duty which I never did deny,
And far away impounds it with despite.
I labour therefore justly to repleve
     My heart which she unjustly doth impound,
But quick conceit which now is love's high shrieve
     Returns it as esloined, not to be found;
          Then, which the law affords, I only crave
          Her heart for mine in withernam to have.







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