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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Heart’s Hiding
By A. W.
SWEET 1 Love, mine only treasure,
    For service long unfeignèd,
    Wherein I nought have gainèd
Vouchsafe this little pleasure,
    To tell me in what part        5
    My mistress keeps her heart.
If in her hair so slender
    Like golden nets entwinèd
    Which fire and art have ’finèd,
Her thrall my heart I render        10
    For ever to abide
    With locks so dainty tied.
If in her eyes she bind it,
    Wherein that fire was framèd
    By which it is inflamèd,        15
I dare not look to find it:
    I only wish it sight
    To see that pleasant light.
But if her breast have deignèd
    With kindness to receive it,        20
    I am content to leave it,
Though death thereby were gainèd.
    Then, Lady, take your own
    That lives for you alone.
Note 1. This is one of the many poems published in Davison’s Poetical Rhapsody, 1620, signed “A. W.,” whose identity has never been revealed. It was set to music in Robert Jones’ Ultimum Vale, 1608. [back]

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