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Francis Beaumont (Фрэнсис Бомонт)


The Indifferent


Never more will I protest,
To love a woman but in jest:
For as they cannot be true,
So, to give each man his due,
 When the wooing fit is past
 Their affection cannot last.

Therefore, if I chance to meet
With a mistress fair and sweet,
She my service shall obtain,
Loving her for love again:
 Thus much liberty I crave,
 Not to be a constant slave.

But when we have tried each other,
If she better like another,
Let her quickly change for me,
Then to change am I as free.
 He or she that loves too long
 Sell their freedom for a song.



Francis Beaumont's other poems:
  1. To My Friend Mr. John Fletcher, upon His Faithful Sheperdess
  2. Ad Comitissam Rutlandiæ
  3. Salmacis and Hermaphroditus
  4. Mr. Francis Beaumont's Letter to Ben Jonson
  5. To My Dear Friend M. Ben Jonson, on His Fox


Poems of another poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • John Donne (Джон Донн) The Indifferent ("I CAN love both fair and brown")
  • Alexander Brome (Александр Бром) The Indifferent ("MIstake me not, I am not of that mind")

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