Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. II. Love
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
IV. Wooing and Winning
“I prithee send me back my heart”
Sir John Suckling (1609–1642)
I PRITHEE send me back my heart,
  Since I cannot have thine;
For if from yours you will not part,
  Why then shouldst thou have mine?
Yet, now I think on ’t, let it lie;        5
  To find it were in vain;
For thou ’st a thief in either eye
  Would steal it back again.
Why should two hearts in one breast lie,
  And yet not lodge together?        10
O Love! where is thy sympathy
  If thus our breasts thou sever?
But love is such a mystery,
  I cannot find it out;
For when I think I ’m best resolved        15
  I then am most in doubt.
Then farewell care, and farewell woe;
  I will no longer pine;
For I ’ll believe I have her heart
  As much as she has mine.        20

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