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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
A Madrigal
By William Alexander, Earl of Stirling (1567?–1640)
 
WHEN 1 in her face mine eyes I fix,
A fearful boldness takes my mind,
Sweet honey Love with gall doth mix,
    And is unkindly kind:
        It seems to breed,        5
        And is indeed
    A special pleasure to be pined.
        No danger then I dread:
For though I went a thousand times to Styx,
I know she can revive me with her eye        10
As many looks, as many lives to me:
    And yet had I a thousand hearts,
    As many looks, as many darts,
        Might make them all to die.
 
Note 1. From Aurora, Madrigal I. [back]
 
 
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