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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song: ‘More love or more disdain I crave’
By Charles Webbe (c. 1678)
 
MORE 1 love or more disdain I crave;
  Sweet, be not still indifferent:
O send me quickly to my grave,
  Or else afford me more content.
Or love or hate me more or less,        5
For love abhors all lukewarmness.
 
Give me a tempest if ’twill drive
  Me to the place where I would be;
Or if you’ll have me still alive,
  Confess you will be kind to me.        10
Give hopes of bliss or dig my grave:
More love or more disdain I crave.
 
Note 1. From New Airs and Dialogues, composed for Voices and Viols, 1678. [back]
 
 
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