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Between cowardice and despair valour is gendered.

Between cowardice and despair valour is gendered.


         

Methinks I lied all winter, when I sworeMy love was infinite, if spring makes it more.

Methinks I lied all winter, when I sworeMy love was infinite, if spring makes it more.


         
Reason is our soul's left hand Faith her right. By this we reach divinity.

Reason is our soul's left hand Faith her right. By this we reach divinity.


         
Death be not proud though some have called Thee Mighty and dreadful for thou art not so.

Death be not proud though some have called Thee Mighty and dreadful for thou art not so.


         
No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal


         

Nature hath no goal, though she hath law.

Nature hath no goal, though she hath law.


         
Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee.

Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee.


         
Grief brought to numbers cannot be so fierce, For, he tames it, that fetters it in verse.

Grief brought to numbers cannot be so fierce, For, he tames it, that fetters it in verse.


         
Love built on beauty soon as beauty dies.

Love built on beauty soon as beauty dies.


         
In Heaven, it is always Autumn".

In Heaven, it is always Autumn".


         
No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.


         

O! I shall soon despair, when I shall seeThat Thou lovest mankind well, yet wilt not choose me, And Satan hates me, yet is loth to lose me.

O! I shall soon despair, when I shall seeThat Thou lovest mankind well, yet wilt not choose me, And Satan hates me, yet is loth to lose me.


         
The flea though he kill none he does all the harm he can.

The flea though he kill none he does all the harm he can.


         
Twice or thrice had I lov'd thee, Before I knew thy face or name

Twice or thrice had I lov'd thee, Before I knew thy face or name


         
Licence my roving hands, and let them go Before, behind, between, above, below.

Licence my roving hands, and let them go Before, behind, between, above, below.


         
As virtuous men pass mildly away, and whisper to their souls to go, whilst some of their sad friends do say, the breath goes now, and some say no.

As virtuous men pass mildly away, and whisper to their souls to go, whilst some of their sad friends do say, the breath goes now, and some say no.


         
And to 'scape stormy days, I choose an everlasting night.

And to 'scape stormy days, I choose an everlasting night.


         
I am two fools I know for loving and saying so.

I am two fools I know for loving and saying so.


         
I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry.

I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry.


         
True and false fears let us refrain, Let us love nobly, and live, and add again Years and years unto years, till we attain To write threescore: this is the second of our reign.

True and false fears let us refrain, Let us love nobly, and live, and add again Years and years unto years, till we attain To write threescore: this is the second of our reign.