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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
Songs and Sonnets
HE that cannot choose but love,
And strives against it still,
Never shall my fancy move,
For he loves against his will;
Nor he which is all his own,        5
And cannot pleasure choose;
When I am caught he can be gone,
And when he list refuse;
Nor he that loves none but fair,
For such by all are sought;        10
Nor he that can for foul ones care,
For his judgment then is nought;
Nor he that hath wit, for he
Will make me his jest or slave;
Nor a fool when others ——        15
He can neither ——
Nor he that still his mistress prays,
For she is thrall’d therefore;
Nor he that pays, not, for he says
Within, she’s worth no more.        20
Is there then no kind of men
Whom I may freely prove?
I will vent that humour then
In mine own self-love.

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