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Thomas Campion

The Third Booke of Ayres


XXII. Thus I resolue

       1  Thus I resolue and time hath taught me so,
       Since she is fayre and euer kinde to me,
       Though she be wilde and wanton-like in shew,
       Those little staines in youth I will not see :
            That she be constant heau'n I oft implore ;
            If pray'rs preuaile not, I can doe no more.
       2  Palme tree the more you presse, the more it growes,
       Leaue it alone it will not much exceede :
       Free beauty if you striue to yoke, you lose,
       And for affection strange distaste you breede.
            What Nature hath not taught no Arte can frame ;
            Wilde borne be wilde still, though by force made tame.



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