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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
A Recantation
Anonymous
 
O LOVE, sweet Love, O high and heavenly Love!
The court of pleasures, paradise of rest,
Without whose circuit all things bitter prove,
Within whose ceinture every wretch is blest:
    O grant me pardon, sacred deity,        5
    I do recant my former heresy!
 
And thou, the dearest idol of my thought,
Whom love I did, and do, and always will:
O pardon what my coy disdain hath wrought,
My coy disdain, the author of this ill:        10
    And for the pride that I have show’d before,
    By Love I swear I’ll love thee ten times more.
 
 
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