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

A Recantation


O LOVE, sweet Love, O high and heavenly Love!

The court of pleasures, paradise of rest,

Without whose circuit all things bitter prove,

Within whose ceinture every wretch is blest:

O grant me pardon, sacred deity,

I do recant my former heresy!

And thou, the dearest idol of my thought,

Whom love I did, and do, and always will:

O pardon what my coy disdain hath wrought,

My coy disdain, the author of this ill:

And for the pride that I have show’d before,

By Love I swear I’ll love thee ten times more.