The Delia Sonnets

by Samuel Daniel


As to the Roman that would free his land,
  His error was his honour and renown;
  And more the fame of his mistaking hand
  Than if he had the tyrant overthrown.
So Delia, hath mine error made me known,
  And my deceived attempt deserved more fame,
  Than if had the victory mine own,
  And thy hard heart had yielded up the same.
And so likewise renowned is thy blame;
  Thy cruelty, thy glory; O strange case,
  That errors should be graced that merit shame,
  And sin of frowns bring honour to the face.
Yet happy Delia that thou wast unkind,
Though happier far, if thou would'st change thy mind.

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