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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To Anthea, Who May Command Him Anything
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
BID me to live, and I will live
  Thy Protestant to be;
Or bid me love, and I will give
  A loving heart to thee.
 
A heart as soft, a heart as kind,        5
  A heart as sound and free
As in the whole world thou canst find,
  That heart I’ll give to thee.
 
Bid that heart stay, and it will stay
  To honour thy decree:        10
Or bid it languish quite away,
  And ’t shall do so for thee.
 
Bid me to weep, and I will weep
  While I have eyes to see:
And, having none, yet will I keep        15
  A heart to weep for thee.
 
Bid me despair, and I’ll despair
  Under that cypress-tree:
Or bid me die, and I will dare
  E’en death to die for thee.        20
 
Thou art my life, my love, my heart,
  The very eyes of me:
And hast command of every part
  To live and die for thee.
 
 
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