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Iohn Dowland


II. Time stands still.

      Time stands still with gazing on her face,
      Stand still and gaze for minutes, houres and yeares to her giue place:
      All other things shall change, but shee remaines the same,
      Till heauens changed haue their course and time hath lost his name.
      Cupid doth houer vp and downe, blinded with her faire eyes,
      And fortune captiue at her feete contem'd and conquerd lies.
      Whom fortune, loue, and time attend on
      Her with my fortunes, loue and time, I honour will alone,
      If bloudlesse enuie say, dutie hath no desert.
      Dutie replies that enuie knowes her selfe his faithfull heart,
      My setled vowes and spotlesse faith no fortune can remoue,
      Courage shall shew my inward faith, and faith shall trie my loue.

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