THE LOVER WAXETH WISER, AND WILL
NOT DIE FOR AFFECTION.1
| ET was I never of your
Nor never shall while my life doth
But of hating myself, that date is past ;
And tears continual sore have me wearied.
I will not yet in my grave be buried ;
Nor on my tomb your name have fixed fast,
As cruel cause, that did the spirit soon haste
From th' unhappy bones, by great sighs stirred.
Then if a heart of amorous faith and will
Content your mind withouten doing grief ;
Please it you so to this to do relief :
If otherwise you seek for to fulfil
Your wrath, you err, and shall not as you ween ;
And you yourself the cause thereof have been.
1 Petrarch, Son. 61.
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