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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
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By Thomas Watson (1555–1592)
 
IF Jove himself be subject unto Love
  And range the woods to find a mortal prey;
If Neptune from the seas himself remove,
  And seek on sands with earthly wights to play:
    Then may I love my peerless choice by right,        5
    Who far excels each other mortal wight.
 
If Pluto could by love be drawn from hell,
  To yield himself a silly virgin’s thrall;
If Phœbus could vouchsafe on earth to dwell,
  To win a rustic maid unto his call:        10
    Then how much more should I adore the sight
    Of her, in whom the heavens themselves delight?
 
If country Pan might follow nymphs in chase,
  And yet through love remain devoid of blame;
If Satyrs were excused for seeking grace        15
  To joy the fruits of any mortal dame:
    Then, why should I once doubt to love her still
    On whom ne Gods nor men can gaze their fill?
 
 
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