The Delia Sonnets

by Samuel Daniel


How long shall I in mine affliction mourn,
  A burden to myself, distressed in mind;
  When shall my interdicted hopes return
  From out despair wherein they live confined?
When shall her troubled brow charged with disdain
  Reveal the treasure which her smiles impart?
  When shall my faith the happiness attain,
  To break the ice that hath congealed her heart?
Unto herself, herself my love doth summon,
  (If love in her hath any power to move)
  And let her tell me, as she is a woman,
  Whether my faith hath not deserved her love?
I know her heart cannot but judge with me,
Although her eyes my adversaries be.

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