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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Disdain Me Still
DISDAIN 1 me still that I may ever love,
For who his love enjoys can love no more:
The war once past, with ease men cowards prove,
And ships returned do rot upon the shore:
And though thou frown, I’ll say thou art most fair,        5
And still I’ll love, though still I must despair.
As heat to life, so is desire to love,
And these once quenched both life and love are gone:
Let not my sighs nor tears thy virtue move,
Like baser metals do not melt too soon:        10
Laugh at my woes although I ever mourn;
Love surfeits with reward, his nurse is scorn.
Note 1. From John Dowland’s A Pilgrim’s Solace, 1612. [back]

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