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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
“Beware of Love”
THUS 1 saith my Chloris bright,
When we of love sit down and talk together:—
‘Beware of Love, dear; Love is a walking sprite,
      And Love is this and that,
      And, O, I know not what,        5
And comes and goes again I wot not whither.’
No, no,—these are but bugs to breed amazing,
For in her eyes I saw his torchlight blazing.
Note 1. From John Wilbye’s Madrigals, 1598. It is a rendering of an Italian madrigal of Guarini, says Bullen; of Luca Marenzio, says Quiller-Couch. In Musica Transalpina; The Second Book of Madrigals, 1597, is another version which reads:

  So saith my fair and beautiful Lycoris,
When now and then she talketh
With me of love:
“Love is a spirit that walketh,
That soars and flies,
And none alive can hold him,
Nor touch him, nor behold him.”
Yet when her eye she turneth,
I spy where he sojourneth:
In her eyes there he flies,
But none can catch him
Till from her lips he fetch him.

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