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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