|Neuer loue vnlesse you
by Thomas Campion
Neuer loue vnlesse you can
Beare with all the faults of man :
Men sometimes will iealous bee,
Though but little cause they see ;
And hang the head, as discontent,
And speak what straight they will repent.
Men that but one Saint adore,
Make a shew of loue to more :
Beauty must be scorn'd in none,
Though but truely seru'd in one :
For what is courtship but disguise?
True hearts may haue dissembling eyes.
Men when their affaires require,
Must a while themselues retire :
Sometimes hunt, and sometimes hawke,
And not euer sit and talke.
If these, and such like you can beare,
Then like, and loue, and neuer fear.
Correggio. Allegory of Virtue. c. 1532-34.
Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 173.
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