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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
Song: ‘I prithee send me back my heart’
By Sir John Suckling (1609–1642)
I PRITHEE send me back my heart,
  Since I cannot have thine:
For if from yours you will not part,
  Why then shouldst thou have mine?
Yet now I think on ’t, let it lie,        5
  To find it were in vain,
For th’ hast a thief in either eye
  Would steal it back again.
Why should two hearts in one breast lie
  And yet not lodge together?        10
O love, where is thy sympathy,
  If thus our breasts thou sever?
But love is such a mystery,
  I cannot find it out:
For when I think I ’m best resolv’d,        15
  I then am in most doubt.
Then farewell care, and farewell woe,
  I will no longer pine:
For I ’ll believe I have her heart,
  As much as she hath mine.        20

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