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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Love’s College
By John Lyly (1555?–1606)
 
    O CUPID! monarch over kings,
    Wherefore hast thou feet and wings?
    It is to show how swift thou art
    When thou wound’st a tender heart!
Thy wings being clipt, and feet held still,        5
Thy bow so many could not kill.
 
It is all one in Venus’ wanton school,
Who highest sits, the wise man or the fool.
    Fools in love’s college
    Have far more knowledge        10
    To read a woman over
    Than a neat prating lover:
      Nay, ’tis confest
    That fools please women best.
 
 
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