Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A SONNET. OF LOVE, by PHILIP AYRES

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First Line: If love it be not, what is this I feel?
Last Line: That freeze in summer, and in winter burn?
Subject(s): Love

IF Love it be not, what is this I feel?
If it be Love, what Love is, fain I'd know?
If good, why the effects severe and ill?
If bad, why do its torments please me so?

If willingly I burn, should I complain?
If 'gainst my will, what helps it to lament?
Oh living Death! oh most delightful pain!
How comes all this, if I do not consent?

If I consent, 'tis madness then to grieve;
Amidst these storms, in a weak boat I'm tost
Upon a dangerous sea, without relief,
No help from Reason, but in Error lost.

Which way in this distraction shall I turn,
That freeze in Summer, and in Winter burn?

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