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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
A Dialogue
Christ Church MS.
 
“ART 1 thou that she than whom no fairer is?
Art thou that she desire so strives to kiss?”
      “Say I am, how then?
      Maids may not kiss
Such wanton-humoured men.”        5
 
“Art thou that she the world commends for wit?
Art thou so wise and mak’st no use of it?”
      “Say I am, how then?
      My wit doth teach me shun
Such foolish, foolish men.”        10
 
Note 1. This poem was discovered by Mr. Bullen in MS. I., 5, 49, in the Library of Christ Church College, Oxford, and first printed in his More Lyrics from the Elizabethan Song-Books, 1888. Prof. Schelling thinks that the MS. belongs to the early seventeenth century. [back]
 
 
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