Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO DELIA: 15, by SAMUEL DANIEL



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TO DELIA: 15, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: If that a loyal heart and faith unfeigned
Last Line: The fault is hers, though mine the hurt must be.
Subject(s): Love; Petrarch (1304-1374); Francesco Petrarca


If that a loyal heart and faith unfeigned,
If a sweet languish with a chaste desire,
If hunger-starven thoughts so long retained,
Fed but with smoke and cherished but with fire;
And if a brow with care's characters painted
Bewrays my love, with broken words half spoken,
To her that sits in my thoughts' temple sainted,
And lays to view my vulture-gnawn heart open;
If I have done due homage to her eyes,
And had my sighs still tending on her name;
If on her love my life and honor lies,
And she, th' unkindest maid, still scorns the same;
Let this suffice, the world yet may see
The fault is hers, though mine the hurt must be.





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