Sonnet XLIX: How Long

Samuel Daniel 1562 (Taunton) – 1619



How long shall I in mine affliction mourn,
A burden to myself, distress'd in mind?
When shall my interdicted hopes return
From out despair wherein they live confin'd?
When shall her troubled brow charg'd with disdain
Reveal the treasure which her smiles impart?
When shall my faith the happiness attain
To break the ice that hath congeal'd 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 deserv'd her love.
I know she cannot but must needs confess it,
Yet deigns not with one simple sign t'express it.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABCBDEDEFGFHII
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 618
Words 113
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 14

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