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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
By Francis Davison (1575?–1619?)
To Cupid

    LOVE, 1 if a god thou art,
      Then evermore thou must
      Be merciful and just.
If thou be just, O wherefore doth thy dart
Wound mine alone, and not my Lady’s heart?        5
    If merciful, then why
      Am I to pain reserved,
      Who have thee truly served;
While she, that by thy power sets not a fly,
Laughs thee to scorn and lives in liberty?        10
Then, if a god thou wouldst accounted be,
Heal me like her, or else wound her like me.
Note 1. Mr. Bullen says this is a translation from the Italian of Groto:
  Amor, se pur sei Dio,
Dei esser giusto parimente e pio:
Se giusto, perche sol contra me scocchi,
E madonna non tocchi?
Se pio, perche perdoni
A lei, e a mi ti opponi?
Horsù se nome vuoi fra i veri Dei,
Lei meco impiaga, o me sana con lei.”
(Bullen’s ed. of the Rhapsody, vol. ii., 185.)    

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