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AMORETTI: 14, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Return again, my forces late dismayed
Last Line: So dying live, and living do adore her.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Subject(s): Love Unrequited

Retourne agayne, my forces late dismayd,
Unto the siege by you abandon'd quite.
Great shame it is to leave, like one afrayd,
So fayre a peece for one repulse so light.
Gaynst such strong castles needeth greater might
Then those small forts which ye were wont belay:
Such haughty mynds, enur'd to hardy fight,
Disdayne to yield unto the first assay.
Bring therefore all the forces that ye may,
And lay incessant battery to her heart;
Playnts, prayers, vowes, ruth, sorrow, and dismay;
Those engins can the proudest love convert.
And if those fayle, fall down and dy before her;
So dying live, and living do adore her.

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