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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
There Is None, O None but You
By Thomas Campion (1567–1620)
 
THERE 1 is none, O none but you,
  That from me estrange your sight,
Whom mine eyes affect to view
  Or chainèd ears hear with delight.
 
Other beauties others move,        5
  In you I all graces find;
Such is the effect of Love,
  To make them happy that are kind.
 
Women in frail beauty trust,
  Only seem you fair to me;        10
Yet prove truly kind and just,
  For that may not dissembled be.
 
Sweet, afford me then your sight!
  That, surveying all your looks,
Endless volumes I may write        15
  And fill the world with envied books:
 
Which when after-ages view,
  All shall wonder and despair,—
Woman to find man so true,
  Or man a woman half so fair.        20
 
Note 1. There is none, O none but you.  This poem is No. xiii. in the Second Part (Light Conceits of Lovers) of Campion’s Two Books of Airs, 1613. It is included by Dr. Hannah in his Courtly Poets, 1870, where it is attributed to Robert, Earl of Essex, on the testimony of the Aubrey’s MSS., printed by Dr. Bliss, the editor of Wood’s Fasti. [back]
 
 
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