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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
My Hope a Counsel
MY 1 hope a counsel with my heart
  Hath long desired to be,
And marvels much so dear a friend
  Is not retained by me.
She doth condemn my haste        5
  In passing the estate
Of my whole life into their hands,
  Who nought repays but hate:
And not sufficed with this, she says,
  I did release the right        10
Of my enjoyèd liberties
  Unto your beauteous sight.
Note 1. From Michael Este’s Madrigals of Three, Four, and Five Parts, 1604. [back]

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