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Poem by Nicholas Breton


Love


Foolish love is only folly;
Wanton love is too unholy;
Greedy love is covetous;
Idle love is frivolous;
But the gracious love is it
That doth prove the work of it.

Beauty but deceives the eye;
Flattery leads the ear awry;
Wealth doth but enchant the wit;
Want, the overthrow of it;
While in Wisdom's worthy grace,
Virtue sees the sweetest face.

There hath Love found out his life,
Peace without all thought of strife;
Kindness in Discretion's care;
Truth, that clearly doth declare
Faith doth in true fancy prove,
Lust the excrements of Love.

Then in faith may fancy see
How my love may constru'd be;
How it grows and what it seeks;
How it lives and what it likes;
So in highest grace regard it,
Or in lowest scorn discard it. 



                      Nicholas Breton


Nicholas Breton's other poems:
  1. A Shepherd's Dream
  2. Sonnet
  3. Pretty Twinkling Starry Eyes
  4. Phillida and Coridon
  5. A Farewell to Town


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Love ("All thoughts, all passions, all delights") 1799
  • Elizabeth Browning Love ("We cannot live, except thus mutually")
  • Rupert Brooke Love ("Love is a breach in the walls, a broken gate")
  • George Herbert Love ("LOVE bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back")
  • Charles Calverley Love ("Canst thou love me, lady?")
  • Alexander Smith Love ("THE fierce exulting worlds, the motes in rays")

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