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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Love Me or Not
By Thomas Campion (1567–1620)
 
LOVE 1 me or not, love her I must or die;
Leave me or not, follow her needs must I.
O that her grace would my wished comforts give!
How rich in her, how happy should I live!
 
All my desire, all my delight should be        5
Her to enjoy, her to unite to me;
Envy should cease, her would I love alone:
Who loves by looks is seldom true to one.
 
Could I enchant, and that it lawful were,
Her would I charm softly that none should hear;        10
But love enforced rarely yields firm content:
So would I love that neither should repent.
 
Note 1. From Campion’s Fourth Book of Airs, 1617. [back]
 
 
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