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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Love’s Sacrifice
By John Fletcher (1579–1625)
GO, 1 happy heart! for thou shalt lie
Intombed in her for whom I die,
Example of her cruelty.
Tell her, if she chance to chide
Me for slowness, in her pride,        5
That it was for her, I died.
If a tear escape her eye,
’Tis not for my memory,
But thy rites of obsequy.
The altar was my loving breast,        10
My heart the sacrificèd beast,
And I was, myself, the priest.
Your body was the sacred shrine,
Your cruel mind the power divine,
Pleased with hearts of men, not kine.        15
Note 1. From The Mad Lover, acted before 1618–19, act. iii. sc. 1. [back]

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