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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Menaphon’s Song
By Robert Greene (1558–1592)
 
SOME say Love,
Foolish Love,
    Doth rule and govern all the gods:
I say Love,
Inconstant Love,        5
    Sets men’s senses far at odds.
Some swear Love,
Smooth-faced Love,
    Is sweetest sweet that men can have;
I say Love,        10
Sower Love,
    Makes virtue yield as beauty’s slave.
A bitter sweet, a folly worst of all,
That forceth wisdom to be folly’s thrall.
 
    Love is sweet.—        15
    Wherein sweet?
        In fading pleasures that do pain.
    Beauty sweet:
    Is that sweet
        That yieldeth sorrow for a gain?        20
    If Love’s sweet,
    Herein sweet,
        That minute’s joys are monthly woes:
    ’Tis not sweet,
    That is sweet        25
    Nowhere but where repentance grows.
Then love who list, if beauty be so sower;
Labour for me, Love rest in prince’s bower.
 
 
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