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Poem by Giles Fletcher the Elder


Licia Sonnets 20


First did I fear, when first my love began,
Possessed in fits by watchful jealousy
I sought to keep what I by favor won,
And brooked no partner in my love to be.
But tyrant sickness fed upon my love,
And spread his ensigns, dyed with color white;
Then was suspicion glad for to remove,
And loving much did fear to lose her quite.
Erect, fair sweet, the colors thou didst wear;
Dislodge thy griefs, the short'ners of content;
For now of life, not love, is all my fear,
Lest life and love be both together spent.
Live but, fair love, and banish thy disease,
And love, kind heart, both when and whom thou please.



Giles Fletcher the Elder


Giles Fletcher the Elder's other poems:
  1. Licia Sonnets 16
  2. Licia Sonnets 39
  3. Licia Sonnets 30
  4. Licia Sonnets 25
  5. Licia Sonnets 35


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