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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

My Hope a Counsel


MY hope a counsel with my heart

Hath long desired to be,

And marvels much so dear a friend

Is not retained by me.

She doth condemn my haste

In passing the estate

Of my whole life into their hands,

Who nought repays but hate:

And not sufficed with this, she says,

I did release the right

Of my enjoyèd liberties

Unto your beauteous sight.