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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
Love’s Wantonness
By Thomas Lodge (1558–1625)
LOVE guides the roses of thy lips,
  And flies about them like a bee;
If I approach he forward skips,
  And if I kiss he stingeth me.
Love in thine eyes doth build his bower,        5
  And sleeps within their pretty shine,
And if I look the boy will lower,
  And from their orbs shoot shafts divine.
Love works thy heart within his fire,
  And in my tears doth firm the same,        10
And if I tempt it will retire,
  And of my plaints doth make a game.
Love, let me cull her choicest flowers,
  And pity me, and calm her eye,
Make soft her heart, dissolve her lowers,        15
  Then I will praise thy deity.

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