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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Advice to a Girl
By Thomas Campion (1567–1620)
 
NEVER 1 love unless you can
Bear with all the faults of man!
Men sometimes will jealous be,
Though but little cause they see,
And hang the head as discontent,        5
And speak what straight they will repent.
 
Men that but one Saint adore
Make a show of love to more;
Beauty must be scorned in none,
Though but truly served in one:        10
For what is courtship but disguise?
True hearts may have dissembling eyes.
 
Men, when their affairs require,
Must awhile themselves retire;
Sometimes hunt, and sometimes hawk,        15
And not ever sit and talk:—
If these and such-like you can bear,
Then like, and love, and never fear!
 
Note 1. From Campion’s Third Book of Airs, 1617. [back]
 
 
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