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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Shakespeare
 
X. Absence
 
BEING your slave, what should I do but tend 
Upon the hours and times of your desire? 
I have no precious time at all to spend 
Nor services to do, till you require: 
  
Nor dare I chide the world-without-end-hour         5
Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you, 
Nor think the bitterness of absence sour 
When you have bid your servant once adieu: 
  
Nor dare I question with my jealous thought 
Where you may be, or your affairs suppose,  10
But like a sad slave, stay and think of nought 
Save, where you are, how happy you make those;— 
  
So true a fool is Love, that in your will 
Though you do anything, he thinks no ill. 
 
 
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