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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Toss Not My Soul, O Love
Anonymous
 
TOSS 1 not my soul, O Love, ’twixt hope and fear!
Show me some ground where I may firmly stand,
Or surely fall! I care not which appear,
So one will close me in a certain band.
When once of ill the uttermost is known,        5
The strength of sorrow quite is overthrown.
 
Take me, Assurance, to thy blissful hold!
Or thou Despair, unto thy darkest cell!
Each hath full rest: the one, in joys enroll’d;
Th’ other, in that he fears no more, is well.        10
When once the uttermost of ill is known,
The strength of sorrow quite is overthrown.
 
Note 1. From John Dowland’s Second Book of Songs and Airs, 1600. [back]
 
 
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