by Robert Herrick
WHAT, conscience, say is it in thee,
When I a heart had one,
To take away that heart from me,
And to retain thy own ?
For shame or pity now incline
To play a loving part ;
Either to send me kindly thine,
Or give me back my heart.
Covet not both ; but if thou dost
Resolve to part with neither,
Why ! yet to show that thou art just,
Take me and mine together.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 210.
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