Michael Drayton
Sonnet Vvii:  Humour by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Vvii: Humour by Michael Drayton

Love in a humor play'd the prodigal And bade my Senses to a solemn feast; Yet, more to grace the company withal, Invites my Heart to be the chiefest guest. No other drink ...

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Sonnet Xxxi: Love by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xxxi: Love by Michael Drayton

When conquering Love did first my Heart assail, Unto mine aid I summon'd every Sense, Doubting, if that proud tyrant should prevail, My Heart should suffer for mine Eyes' ...

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Sonnet II: I Like An Advent’Rous Seafarer by Michael Drayton

Sonnet II: I Like An Advent’Rous Seafarer by Michael Drayton

Like an advent'rous seafarer am I, Who hath some long and dang'rous voyage been, And, call'd to tell of his discovery, How far he sail'd, what countries he had seen; ...

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Sonnet Xii: Letter And Line by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xii: Letter And Line by Michael Drayton

Letter and line we see are soon defac'd, Metals do waste and fret with canker's rust, The diamond shall once consume to dust, And freshest colors with foul stains disgrac'd; ...

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Sonnet Lvi: My Fair by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Lvi: My Fair by Michael Drayton

My Fair, if thou wilt register my love, A world of volumes shall thereof arise; Preserve my tears, and thou thyself shalt prove A second flood, down-raining from mine eyes. ...

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Sonnet Xxvii: I Ever Love by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xxvii: I Ever Love by Michael Drayton

I ever love where never hope appears, Yet hope draws on my never-hoping care, And my life's hope would die, but for despair; My never-certain joy breeds ever-certain fears; ...

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Sonnet Lxii: When First I Ended by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Lxii: When First I Ended by Michael Drayton

When first I ended, then I first began, The more I travell'd, further from my rest, Where most I lost, there most of all I wan,Pined with hunger rising from a feast. Methinks I ...

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Sonnet Xi: You Not Alone by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xi: You Not Alone by Michael Drayton

You not alone, when you are still alone, O God, from you that I could private be. Since you one were, I never since was one; Since you in me, my self since out of me, Transported ...

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Sonnet Xliii: Why Should Your Fair Eyes by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xliii: Why Should Your Fair Eyes by Michael Drayton

Why should your fair eyes with such sovereign grace Disperse their rays on every vulgar spirit, Whilst I in darkness, in the self-same place, Get not one glance to recompense my ...

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Sonnet Lvi: When Like An Eaglet by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Lvi: When Like An Eaglet by Michael Drayton

When like an eaglet I first found my Love, For that the virtue I thereof would know, Upon the nest I set it forth to prove If it were of that kingly kind or no; But it no sooner ...

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Sonnet Liv: Yet Read At Last by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Liv: Yet Read At Last by Michael Drayton

Yet read at last the story of my woe, The dreary abstracts of my endless cares, With my life's sorrow interlined so, Smok'd with my sighs and blotted with my tears, The sad ...

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Sonnet Li: Calling To Mind by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Li: Calling To Mind by Michael Drayton

Calling to mind, since first my love begun, Th'uncertain times oft varying in their course, How things still unexpectedly have run, As it please the Fates, by their resistless ...

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Sonnet Iii: Taking My Pen by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Iii: Taking My Pen by Michael Drayton

Taking my pen, with words to cast my woe, Duly to count the sum of all my cares, I find my griefs innumerable grow, The reckonings rise to millions of despairs; And thus dividing ...

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Sonnet Xli: Why Do I Speak Of Joy by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xli: Why Do I Speak Of Joy by Michael Drayton

Love's LunacyWhy do I speak of joy, or write of love, When my heart is the very den of horror, And in my soul the pains of Hell I prove, With all his torments and infernal terror? ...

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How Many Paltry Foolish Painted Things by Michael Drayton

How Many Paltry Foolish Painted Things by Michael Drayton

How many paltry foolish painted things,That now in coaches trouble every street,Shall be forgotten, whom no poet sings,Ere they be well wrapped in their winding-sheet!Where I to ...

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Sonnet Xlv: Muses, Which Sadly Sit by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xlv: Muses, Which Sadly Sit by Michael Drayton

Muses, which sadly sit about my chair, Drown'd in the tears extorted by my lines, With heavy sighs whilst thus I break the air, Painting my passions in these sad designs, Since ...

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Sonnet V: Nothing But No by Michael Drayton

Sonnet V: Nothing But No by Michael Drayton

Nothing but "No," and "Aye," and "Aye," and "No"? How falls it out so strangely you reply? I tell ye, Fair, I'll not be answer'd so, With this affirming "No," denying "Aye." I ...

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Sonnet Xxviii: To Such As Say by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xxviii: To Such As Say by Michael Drayton

To such as say thy love I overprize, And do not stick to term my praises folly, Against these folks, that think themselves so wise, I thus oppose my Reason's forces wholly, Though ...

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Sonnet Xliv: Whilst Thus My Pen by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xliv: Whilst Thus My Pen by Michael Drayton

Whilst thus my pen strives to eternize thee, Age rules my lines with wrinkles in my face, Where in the map of all my misery Is modell'd out the world of my disgrace. Whilst, in ...

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Sonnet Xv: Since To Obtain Thee by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xv: Since To Obtain Thee by Michael Drayton

His Remedy for LoveSince to obtain thee nothing will be stead, I have a med'cine that shall cure my love, The powder of her heart dried, when she is dead, That gold nor honor ...

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Idea Liii: To The River Ancor by Michael Drayton

Idea Liii: To The River Ancor by Michael Drayton

Clear Ancor, on whose silver-sanded shore My soul-shrin'd saint, my fair Idea lies, O blessed brook, whose milk-white swans adore Thy crystal stream, refined by her eyes, ...

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Sirena by Michael Drayton

Sirena by Michael Drayton

NEAR to the silver Trent SIRENA dwelleth; She to whom Nature lent All that excelleth; By which the Muses late And the neat Graces Have for their greater state Taken ...

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Agincourt by Michael Drayton

Agincourt by Michael Drayton

FAIR stood the wind for France When we our sails advance, Nor now to prove our chance Longer will tarry; But putting to the main, At Caux, the mouth of Seine, With all his ...

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Sonnet Xl: My Heart The Anvil by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xl: My Heart The Anvil by Michael Drayton

My heart the anvil where my thoughts do beat; My words the hammers fashioning my desire; My breast the forge including all the heat; Love is the fuel which maintains the fire; My ...

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To The Reader Of These Sonnets by Michael Drayton

To The Reader Of These Sonnets by Michael Drayton

Into these Loves who but for Passion looks, At this first sight here let him lay them by And seek elsewhere, in turning other books, Which better may his labor satisfy. No ...

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Sonnet Xix: You Cannot Love by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xix: You Cannot Love by Michael Drayton

To HumorYou cannot love, my pretty heart, and why? There was a time you told me that you would; But now again you will the same deny, If it might please you, would to God you ...

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Sonnet Vi: How Many Paltry Things by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Vi: How Many Paltry Things by Michael Drayton

How many paltry, foolish, painted things, That now is coaches trouble every street, Shall be forgotten, whom no Poet sings, Ere they be well wrapt in their winding-sheet. Where I ...

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Sonnet Lxiii: Truce, Gentle Love by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Lxiii: Truce, Gentle Love by Michael Drayton

Truce, gentle Love, a parley now I crave; Methinks 'tis long since first these wars begun; Nor thou nor I the better yet can have; Bad is the match where neither party won. I ...

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Sonnet Lix: As Love And I by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Lix: As Love And I by Michael Drayton

As Love and I, late harbor'd in one inn, With proverbs thus each other entertain: "In Love there is no lack," thus I begin; "Fair words make fools," replieth he again; "Who spares ...

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Sonnet Xlix: Thou Leaden Brain by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xlix: Thou Leaden Brain by Michael Drayton

Thou leaden brain, which censur'st what I write, And say'st my lines be dull and do not move, I marvel not thou feel'st not my delight, Which never felt'st my fiery touch of love. ...

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Endimion And Phoebe (Excerpts) by Michael Drayton

Endimion And Phoebe (Excerpts) by Michael Drayton

In Ionia whence sprang old poets' fame, From whom that sea did first derive her name, The blessed bed whereon the Muses lay, Beauty of Greece, the pride of Asia, Whence ...

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Sonnet Lv: My Fair, If Thou Wilt by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Lv: My Fair, If Thou Wilt by Michael Drayton

My Fair, if thou wilt register my love, A world of volumes shall thereof arise; Preserve my tears, and thou thyself shalt prove A second flood, down-raining from mine eyes. Note ...

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Sonnet Ix: As Other Men by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Ix: As Other Men by Michael Drayton

As other men, so I myself do muse Why in this sort I wrest invention so, And why these giddy metaphors I use, Leaving the path the greater part do go. I will resolve you: I am ...

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Sonnet Xxvi: I Ever Love by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xxvi: I Ever Love by Michael Drayton

To DespairI ever love where never hope appears, Yet hope draws on my never-hoping care, And my life's hope would die, but for despair; My never-certain joy breeds ever-certain ...

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To His Coy Love by Michael Drayton

To His Coy Love by Michael Drayton

I PRAY thee, leave, love me no more, Call home the heart you gave me! I but in vain that saint adore That can but will not save me. These poor half-kisses kill me quite-- ...

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Sonnet Xii: That Learned Father by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xii: That Learned Father by Michael Drayton

To the SoulThat learned Father, who so firmly proves The Soul of man immortal and divine, And doth the several offices define: Anima - Gives her that name, as she the Body moves; ...

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Sonnet Xiii: Letters And Lines by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xiii: Letters And Lines by Michael Drayton

To the ShadowLetters and lines we see are soon defac'd, Metals do waste and fret with canker's rust, The diamond shall once consume to dust, And freshest colors with foul stains ...

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Noah’s Flood (Excerpts) by Michael Drayton

Noah’s Flood (Excerpts) by Michael Drayton

Eternal and all-working God, which wast Before the world, whose frame by Thee was cast, And beautified with beamful lamps above, By thy great wisdom set how they should move ...

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The Parting by Michael Drayton

The Parting by Michael Drayton

SINCE there 's no help, come let us kiss and part-- Nay, I have done, you get no more of me; And I am glad, yea, glad with all my heart, That thus so cleanly I myself can free. ...

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Sonnet Xx: An Evil Spirit by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xx: An Evil Spirit by Michael Drayton

An evil spirit, your beauty haunts me still, Wherewith, alas, I have been long possest, Which ceaseth not to tempt me to each ill, Nor gives me once but one poor minute's rest; In ...

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Sonnet I: Like An Advent’Rous Seafarer by Michael Drayton

Sonnet I: Like An Advent’Rous Seafarer by Michael Drayton

Like an advent'rous seafarer am I, Who hath some long and dang'rous voyage been, And, call'd to tell of his discovery, How far he sail'd, what countries he had seen; Proceeding ...

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Sonnet Xlii: Some Men There Be by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xlii: Some Men There Be by Michael Drayton

Some men there be which like my method well And much commend the strangeness of my vein; Some say I have a passing pleasing strain; Some say that im my humor I excel; Some, who ...

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Ode To The Cambro-Britons And Their Harp, His Ballad Of Agi by Michael Drayton

Ode To The Cambro-Britons And Their Harp, His Ballad Of Agi by Michael Drayton

Fair stood the wind for France, When we our sails advance; Nor now to prove our chance Longer will tarry; But putting to the main, At Caux, the mouth of Seine, ...

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Sonnet Xxii: With Fools And Children by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xxii: With Fools And Children by Michael Drayton

To FollyWith fools and children, good discretion bears; Then, honest people, bear with Love and me, Nor older yet, nor wiser made by years, Amongst the rest of fools and children ...

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Sonnet Xxii: Love, Banish’D Heav’N by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xxii: Love, Banish’D Heav’N by Michael Drayton

Love, banish'd Heav'n, on Earth was held in scorn, Wand'ring abroad in need and beggary, And wanting friends, though of a Goddess born, Yet crav'd the alms of such as passed by. ...

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Sonnet Xxxiv: Marvel Not, Love by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xxxiv: Marvel Not, Love by Michael Drayton

To AdmirationMarvel not, Love, though I thy power admire, Ravish'd a world beyond the farthest thought, And knowing more than ever hath been taught, That I am only starv'd in my ...

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Sonnet Vii: Love In A Humour by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Vii: Love In A Humour by Michael Drayton

Love in a humor play'd the prodigal And bade my Senses to a solemn feast; Yet, more to grace the company withal, Invites my Heart to be the chiefest guest. No other drink would ...

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Sonnet Lxi: Since There’s No Help by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Lxi: Since There’s No Help by Michael Drayton

Since there's no help, come, let us kiss and part, Nay, I have done, you get no more of me, And I am glad, yea, glad with all my heart, That thus so cleanly I myself can free. ...

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Sonnet Xxix: When Conquering Love by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xxix: When Conquering Love by Michael Drayton

To the SensesWhen conquering Love did first my Heart assail, Unto mine aid I summon'd every Sense, Doubting, if that proud tyrant should prevail, My Heart should suffer for mine ...

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Sonnet Xxxiii: Whilst Yet Mine Eyes by Michael Drayton

Sonnet Xxxiii: Whilst Yet Mine Eyes by Michael Drayton

To ImaginationWhilst yet mine Eyes do surfeit with delight, My woeful Heart, imprison'd in my breast, Wisheth to be transformed to my sight, That it, like these, by looking might ...

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