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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
The Indifferent
By Francis Beaumont (1584–1616)
NEVER more will I protest
To love a woman but in jest:
For as they cannot be true,
So to give each man his due,
  When the wooing fit is past,        5
  Their affection cannot last.
Therefore if I chance to meet
With a mistress fair and sweet,
She my service shall obtain,
Loving her for love again:        10
  Thus much liberty I crave
  Not to be a constant slave.
But when we have tried each other,
If she better like another,
Let her quickly change for me;        15
Then to change am I as free.
  He or she that loves too long
  Sell their freedom for a song.

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