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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
The Dance
By Sir John Suckling (1609–1642)
 
LOVE, Reason, Hate, did once bespeak
Three mates to play at barley-break;
Love Folly took; and Reason, Fancy;
And Hate consorts with Pride; so dance they:
Love coupled last, and so it fell,        5
That Love and Folly were in hell.
 
They break, and Love would Reason meet,
But Hate was nimbler on her feet;
Fancy looks for Pride, and thither
Hies, and they two hug together:        10
Yet this new coupling still doth tell,
That Love and Folly were in hell.
 
The rest do break again, and Pride
Hath now got Reason on her side;
Hate and Fancy meet, and stand        15
Untouched by Love in Folly’s hand;
Folly was dull, but Love ran well;
So Love and Folly were in hell.
 
 
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