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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