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Thomas Campion

The Third Booke of Ayres


XXIX. Shall I then hope

          1  Shall I then hope when faith is fled ?
       Can I seeke loue when hope is gone ?
          Or can I liue when Loue is dead ?
       Poorely hee liues that cna loue none.
             Her vowes are broke, and I am free,
             Shee lost her faith in longing mee.

          2  When I compare mine owne euents,
       When I weigh others like annoy ;
          All doe but heape vp discontents,
       That on a beauty build their ioy.
             Thus I of all complaine, since shee
             All faith hath lost in loosing mee.

          3  So my deare freedome haue I gain'd,
       Through her vnkindnesse, and disgrace,
          Yet could I euer liue enchain'd,
       As shee my seruice did embrace.
             But shee is chang'd, and I am free,
             Faith failing her, Loue dyed in mee.



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