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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
 
Song: “Love, a child, is ever crying”
By Lady Mary Wroth (c. 1620)
 
LOVE, a child, is ever crying;
Please him, and he straight is flying;
Give him, he the more is craving,
Never satisfied with having.
 
His desires have no measure;        5
Endless folly is his treasure;
What he promiseth he breaketh;
Trust not one word that he speaketh.
 
He vows nothing but false matter;
And to cozen you will flatter;        10
Let him gain the hand, he’ll leave you
And still glory to deceive you.
 
He will triumph in your wailing;
And yet cause be of your failing:
These his virtues are, and slighter        15
Are his gifts, his favours lighter.
 
Feathers are as firm in staying;
Wolves no fiercer in their preying;
As a child then, leave him crying;
Nor seek him so given to flying.        20
 
 
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