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Thomas Campion

The Third Booke of Ayres


XXVII. Neuer loue vnlesse you can

       1  Neuer loue vnlesse you can
       Beare with all the faults of man :
       Men sometimes will iealous bee,
       Though but little cause they see,
             And hang the head as discontent,
             And speak what straight they will repent.

       2  Men that but one Saint adore,
       Make a shew of loue to more :
       Beauty must be scorn'd in none,
       Though but truely seru'd in one ;
             For what is courtship but disguise ?
             True hearts may haue dissembling eyes.

       3  Men when their affaires require,
       Must a while themselues retire ;
       Sometimes hunt, and sometimes hawke,
       And not euer sit and talke.
             If these and such like you can beare,
             Then like, and loue, and neuer feare.



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