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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
What the Mighty Love Has Done
By John Fletcher (1579–1625)
HEAR, 1 ye ladies that despise,
  What the mighty Love has done;
Fear examples and be wise:
  Fair Calisto was a nun;
Leda, sailing on a stream        5
  To deceive the hopes of man,
Love accounting but a dream,
  Doted on a silver swan;
    Danaë, in a brazen tower,
    Where no love was, loved a shower.        10
Hear, ye ladies that are coy,
  What the mighty Love can do;
Fear the fierceness of the boy:
  The chaste Moon he makes to woo;
Vesta, kindling holy fires,        15
  Circled round about with spies,
Never dreaming loose desires,
  Doting at the altar dies;
    Ilion, in a short hour, higher
    He can build, and once more fire.        20
Note 1. From The Tragedy of Valentinian, 1647. [back]

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