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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
True Love
By Thomas Campion (1567–1620)
 
TURN 1 all thy thoughts to eyes,
Turn all thy hairs to ears,
Change all thy friends to spies
And all thy joys to fears:
    True love will yet be free        5
    In spite of jealousy.
 
Turn darkness into day,
Conjectures into truth,
Believe what th’ envious say,
Let age interpret youth:        10
    True love will yet be free
    In spite of jealousy.
 
Wrest every word and look,
Rack every hidden thought,
Or fish with golden hook;        15
True love cannot be caught:
    For that will still be free
    In spite of jealousy.
 
Note 1. From Campion’s Fourth Book of Airs, 1617. [back]
 
 
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