I d e a.

by Michael Drayton


NOTHING but No, and Aye, and Aye, and No ?
How falls it out so strangely you reply ?
I tell ye, fair, I'll not be answered so,
With this affirming No, denying Aye.
I say “I love,” you slightly answer Aye ;
I say “you love,” you pule me out a No ;
I say “I die,” you echo me an Aye ;
“Save me,” I cry, you sigh me out a No ;
Must woe and I have nought but No and Aye ?
No I am I, if I no more can have ;
Answer no more, with silence make reply,
And let me take myself what I do crave.
    Let No and Aye with I and you be so;
    Then answer No, and Aye, and Aye and No.

Drayton, Michael. Idea.
Daniel's Delia and Drayton's Idea. Arundell Esdaile, Ed.
London: Chatto and Windus, 1908. 72.

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