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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song: ‘How prodigious is my fate’
By Katherine Philips (‘Orinda’) (1632–1664)
 
HOW prodigious is my fate,
Since I can’t determine clearly,
Whether you’ll do more severely
Giving me your love or hate!
For if you with kindness bless me,        5
  Since from you I soon must part;
Fortune will so dispossess me,
  That your love will break my heart.
 
But since Death all sorrow cures,
Might I choose my way of dying,        10
I could wish the arrow flying
From Fortune’s quiver, not from yours.
For in the sad unusual story
  How my wretched heart was torn,
It will more concern your glory,        15
  I by absence fell than scorn.
 
 
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