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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
A Rondel of Love
By Alexander Scott (1525?–1584?)
 
LO, quhat it is to love
  Learn ye that list to prove,
By me, I say, that no ways may
  The ground of grief remove,
But still decay both nicht and day:        5
  Lo, quhat it is to love!
 
  Love is ane fervent fire
  Kindlit without desire,
Short pleasure, long displeasure,
  Repentance is the hire;        10
Ane pure tressour without measour;
  Love is ane fervent fire.
 
  To love and to be wise,
  To rage with good advice;
Now thus, now than, so gois the game,        15
  Incertain is the dice;
There is no man, I say, that can
  Both love and to be wise.
 
  Flee always from the snare,
  Learn at me to beware;        20
It is ane pain, and double trane
  Of endless woe and care;
For to refrain that danger plain
  Flee always from the snare.
 
 
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