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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
When I a Lover Pale Do See
Anonymous
 
WHEN 1 I a lover pale do see
Ready to faint and sickish be,
With hollow eyes, and cheeks so thin
As all his face is nose and chin;
When such a ghost I see in pain        5
Because he is not loved again,
And pale and faint and sigh and cry—
Oh there’s your loving fool! say I.
 
’Tis love with love should be repaid
And equally on both sides laid;        10
Love is a load a horse would kill
If it do hang on one side still;
But if he needs will be so fond
As rules of reason go beyond,
And love where he’s not loved again,        15
Faith, let him take it for his pain.
 
Note 1. From New Airs and Dialogues, composed for Voices and Viols, 1678. [back]
 
 
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