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My darling Vi requests a sonnet now,
and I have never been so rushed before.
A sonnet's lines must number ten plus four,
so just in jest I have some three lines - now.

(I knew 1 wouldn't find a rhyme for ''now")
but here I 'm halfway thru the second four
and when I find I'm at the sextet's door
there's nothing of the octave left by now.

And now I come to tercet number one,
and I'm prepared to start the scheme anew,
by ending tercet one, although in fun.

And now I come to tercet number two
and I should say that thirteen lines are done:
Now count them, there are fourteen, and I'm thru.


Lope Félix de Vega y Carpio
Translation by James H. Donalson

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