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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Falsehood
By William Cartwright (1611–1643)
 
STILL do the stars impart their light
To those that travel in the night;
Still time runs on, nor doth the hand
Or shadow on the dial stand;
The streams still glide and constant are:        5
          Only thy mind
          Untrue I find,
          Which carelessly
          Neglects to be
Like stream or shadow, hand or star.        10
 
Fool that I am! I do recall
My words, and swear thou’rt like them all:
Thou seem’st like stars to nourish fire,
But O how cold is thy desire!
And like the hand upon the brass        15
          Thou point’st at me
          In mockery;
          If I come nigh
          Shade-like thou’lt fly,
And as the stream with murmur pass.        20
 
 
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