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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Doralicia’s Ditty
By Robert Greene (1558–1592)
 
IN time we see that silver drops
  The craggy stones make soft;
The slowest snail in time we see
  Doth creep and climb aloft.
 
With feeble puffs the tallest pine        5
  In tract of time doth fall;
The hardest heart in time doth yield
  To Venus’ luring call.
 
Where chilling frost alate did nip,
  There flasheth now a fire;        10
Where deep disdain bred noisome hate,
  There kindleth now desire.
 
Time causeth hope to have his hap;
  What care in time not eased?
In time I loathed that now I love,        15
  In both content and pleased.
 
 
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