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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Alexander Scott. 1520?–158–
44. A Rondel of Love
LO, quhat it is to love 
  Learn ye that list to prove, 
By me, I say, that no ways may 
  The ground of grief remove, 
But still decay both nicht and day:         5
  Lo, quhat it is to love! 
  Love is ane fervent fire 
  Kindlit without desire, 
Short pleasure, long displeasure, 
  Repentance is the hire;  10
Ane pure tressour without measour; 
  Love is ane fervent fire. 
  To love and to be wise, 
  To rage with good advice; 
Now thus, now than, so gois the game,  15
  Incertain is the dice; 
There is no man, I say, that can 
  Both love and to be wise. 
  Flee always from the snare, 
  Learn at me to beware;  20
It is ane pain, and double trane 
  Of endless woe and care; 
For to refrain that danger plain, 
  Flee always from the snare. 
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