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Cornelis Bega. Woman Playing a Lute, 1664-5. The Uffizi.
Cornelis Bega. Woman Playing a Lute, 1664-5.


'Tis not your saying that you love,
      Can ease me of my smart;
Your actions must your words approve,
      Or else you break my heart.

In vain you bid my passion cease,
      And ease my troubled breast;
Your love alone must give me peace,
      Restore my wonted rest.

But, if I fail your heart to move,
      And 'tis not yours to give;
I cannot, wonnot cease to love,
      But I will cease to live.

Selected Writings of the Ingenious Mrs. Aphra Behn. Robert Phelps, ed.
New York: The Grove Press, 1950. 230.

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