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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Madrigal
Anonymous
 
SLY 1 thief, if so you will believe,
It nought or little did me grieve,
That my true heart you had bereft,
Till that unkindly you it left:
Leaving you lose, losing you kill        5
That which I may forego so ill.
 
What thing more cruel can you do
Than rob a man and kill him too?
Wherefore of love I ask this meed,
To bring you where you did this deed,        10
That there you may, for your amisses
Be damaged in a thousand kisses.
 
Note 1. From Michael Este’s Madrigals, 1604. [back]
 
 
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