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SONNET: 58, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Should love, the tyrant of my suffering heart
Last Line: Find amplest vengeance for my former pain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Camoes, Luis De; Camoens, Luiz Vaz De
Subject(s): Love Complaints; Vengeance

SHOULD Love, the tyrant of my suffering heart,
Yet long enough protract his votary's days,
To see the lustre from those eyes depart,
The lode-stars now that fascinate my gaze;

To see rude Time the living roses blight,
That o'er thy cheek their loveliness unfold,
And, all unpitying, change thy tresses bright,
To silvery whiteness, from their native gold;

Oh! then thy heart an equal change will prove,
And mourn the coldness that repelled my love,
When tears and penitence will all be vain;
And I shall see thee weep for days gone by,
And in thy deep regret aud fruitless sigh,
Find amplest vengeance for my former pain.

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