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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