Sir Robert Ayton.
I DO confess thourt smooth and fair,
And I might have gone near to love thee,
Had I not found
the slightest prayer
That lips could move, had power to move thee;
But I can let thee now alone
to be loved by none.
I do confess thourt sweet; yet find
Thee such an unthrift of thy sweets,
Thy favours are but like
That kisseth everything it meets:
And since thou canst with more than one,
hourt worthy to be
kissd by none.
The morning rose that untouchd stands
Armd with her briers, how sweet she smells!
pluckd and straind through ruder hands,
Her sweets no longer with her dwells:
But scent and beauty both
And leaves fall from her, one by one.
Such fate ere long will thee betide
When thou hast handled been awhile,
With sere flowers to
be thrown aside;
And I shall sigh, while some will smile,
To see thy love to every one
Hath brought thee to
be loved by none.
I LOVED thee once; Ill love no more
Thine be the grief as is the blame;
Thou art not what
thou wast before,
What reason I should be the same?
He that can love unloved again,
Hath better store of
love than brain:
God send me love my debts to pay,
While unthrifts fool their love away!
Nothing could have my love oerthrown
If thou hadst still continued mine;
Yea, if thou hadst
remaind thy own,
I might perchance have yet been thine.
But thou thy freedom didst recall
That it thou
might elsewhere enthral:
And then how could I but disdain
A captives captive to remain?
When new desires had conquerd thee
And changed the object of thy will,
It had been lethargy
Not constancy, to love thee still.
Yea, it had been a sin to go
And prostitute affection so:
are taught no prayers to say
To such as must to others pray.
Yet do thou glory in thy choice
Thy choice of his good fortune boast;
Ill neither grieve nor
To see him gain what I have lost:
The height of my disdain shall be
To laugh at him, to blush
To love thee still, but go no more
A-begging at a beggars door.
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