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Thomas Campion

The Fovrth Booke of Ayres


XI. What meanes this folly ?

       1  What meanes this folly now to braue it so,
           And then to vse submission ?
       Is that a friend that straight can play the foe ?
           Who loues on such condition ?

       2  Though Bryers breede Roses, none thy Bryer affect,
           But with the flowre are pleased :
       Loue onely loues delight, and soft respect,
           He must not be diseased.

       3  These thorny passions spring from barren breasts,
           Or such as neede much weeding :
       Loue onely loues delight, and soft respect,
           But sends them not home bleeding.

       4  Command thy humour, striue to giue content,
           And shame not loues profession :
       Of kindnesse neuer any could repent
           That made choyse with discretion.



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