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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Song: ‘Why, dearest, shouldst thou weep, when I relate’
By Charles Cotton (1630–1687)
WHY, dearest, shouldst thou weep, when I relate
          The story of my woe?
Let not the swarthy mists of my black fate
          O’ercast thy beauty so;
        For each rich pearl lost on that score        5
Adds to mischance, and wounds your servant more.
Quench not those stars that to my bliss should guide;
          Oh, spare that precious tear!
Nor let those drops unto a deluge tide,
          To drown your beauty there;        10
        That cloud of sorrow makes it night;
You lose your lustre, but the world its light.

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