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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Humility
By Richard Brome (d. 1652?)
 
NOR 1 Love nor Fate dare I accuse
For that my love did me refuse,
But O! mine own unworthiness
That durst presume so mickle bliss.
It was too much for me to love        5
A man so like the gods above:
An angel’s shape, a saint-like voice,
Are too divine for human choice.
 
O had I wisely given my heart
For to have loved him but in part;        10
Sought only to enjoy his face,
Or any one peculiar grace
Of foot, of hand, of lip, or eye,—
I might have lived where now I die:
But I, presuming all to choose,        15
Am now condemnèd all to lose.
 
Note 1. From The Northern Lass, act ii, sc. 6, 1632. [back]
 
 
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