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Sonnet 32 - The first time that the sun rose on thine oath

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 The first time that the sun rose on thine oath
To love me, I looked forward to the moon
To slacken all those bonds which seemed too soon
And quickly tied to make a lasting troth.
Quick-loving hearts, I thought, may quickly loathe; And, looking on myself, I seemed not one For such man's love!—more like an out-of-tune Worn viol, a good singer would be wroth To spoil his song with, and which, snatched in haste, Is laid down at the first ill-sounding note.
I did not wrong myself so, but I placed A wrong on thee.
For perfect strains may float 'Neath master-hands, from instruments defaced,— And great souls, at one stroke, may do and doat.


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