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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Faith Everlasting
DEAR, 1 if you change, I’ll never choose again;
Sweet, if you shrink, I’ll never think of love;
Fair, if you fail, I’ll judge all beauty vain;
Wise, if too weak, more wits I’ll never prove.
Dear, sweet, fair, wise! change, shrink, nor be not weak;        5
And, on my faith, my faith shall never break.
Earth with her flowers shall sooner heaven adorn;
Heaven her bright stars through earth’s dim globe shall move;
Fire heat shall lose, and frosts of flames be born;
Air, made to shine, as black as hell shall prove:        10
Earth, heaven, fire, air, the world transform’d shall view,
Ere I prove false to faith or strange to you.
Note 1. From John Dowland’s First Book of Songs or Airs, 1597. [back]

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