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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
234. The Constant Lover
 
Sir John Suckling (1609–1642)
 
 
OUT upon it, I have loved
  Three whole days together!
And am like to love three more,
  If it prove fair weather.
 
Time shall moult away his wings        5
  Ere he shall discover
In the whole wide world again
  Such a constant lover.
 
But the spite on ’t is, no praise
  Is due at all to me:        10
Love with me had made no stays,
  Had it any been but she.
 
Had it any been but she,
  And that very face,
There had been at least ere this        15
  A dozen dozen in her place.
 

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