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Niccolo Pisano: An Idyll: Daphnis and Chloe c. 1500-1510 (The Wallace Collection, London)
Niccolo Pisano:
An Idyll: Daphnis and Chloe
c. 1500-1510
(The Wallace Collection, London)

These next two sonnets explore the duality of eye and heart: a common theme during the Renaissance.

A. L. Rowse in his Shakespeare's Sonnets writes: "Contemporary life is reflected in the image of impanelling the jury, the tenants of the manor: their verdict was to award a moiety, one half, to each other."

Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war,
How to divide the conquest of thy sight;
Mine eye my heart thy picture's sight would bar,
My heart mine eye the freedom of that right.
My heart doth plead that thou in him dost lie,--
A closet never pierc'd with crystal eyes--
But the defendant doth that plea deny,
And says in him thy fair appearance lies.
To side this title is impannelled
A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart;
And by their verdict is determined
The clear eye's moiety, and the dear heart's part:
  As thus; mine eye's due is thy outward part,
  And my heart's right, thy inward love of heart.
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