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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Song: ‘Love is a sickness full of woes’
By Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)
 
LOVE 1 is a sickness full of woes,
  All remedies refusing;
A plant that with most cutting grows,
  Most barren with best using.
          Why so?        5
More we enjoy it, more it dies;
If not enjoy’d, it sighing cries,—
          Heigh ho!
 
Love is a torment of the mind,
  A tempest everlasting;        10
And Jove hath made it of a kind
  Not well, nor full, nor fasting.
          Why so?
More we enjoy it, more it dies;
If not enjoy’d, it sighing cries,—        15
          Heigh ho!
 
Note 1. From Hymen’s Triumph, acted 1613–14. This “pastoral tragi-comedy” was performed at Somerset-House on the occasion of Lord Roxburgh’s marriage to Mistress Jane Drummond. Mr. Chamberlain’s comment is “solemn and dull.” [back]
 
 
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