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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Were My Heart As Some Men’s Are
By Thomas Campion (1567–1620)
WERE 1 my heart as some men’s are, thy errors would not move me,
But thy faults I curious find, and speak because I love thee:
Patience is a thing divine, and far, I grant, above me.
Foes sometimes befriend us more, our blacker deeds objecting,
Than th’ obsequious bosom-guest with false respect affecting:        5
Friendship is the Glass of Truth, our hidden stains detecting.
While I use of eyes enjoy, and inward light of reason,
Thy observer will I be and censor, but in season:
Hidden mischief to conceal in State and Love is treason.
Note 1. From Campion’s Third Book of Airs, 1617. [back]

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