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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Sonnetsday 32



XLVI.

MINE eye and heart are at a mortal war
       How to divide the conquest of thy sight;
   Mine eye my heart thy picture's sight
                would bar,
My heart mine eye the freedom of that right.
My heart doth plead that thou in him dost lie—
A closet never pierced with crystal eyes—
But the defendant doth that plea deny
And says in him thy fair appearance lies.
To 'cide this title, is impanelled
A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart,
And by their verdict is determined
The clear eye's moiety and the dear heart's part
      As thus: mine eye's due is thy outward part,
      And my heart's right thy inward love of heart.

 

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