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

What the Mighty Love Has Done

John Fletcher (1579–1625)

HEAR, ye ladies that despise,

What the mighty Love has done;

Fear examples and be wise:

Fair Calisto was a nun;

Leda, sailing on a stream

To deceive the hopes of man,

Love accounting but a dream,

Doted on a silver swan;

Danaë, in a brazen tower,

Where no love was, loved a shower.

Hear, ye ladies that are coy,

What the mighty Love can do;

Fear the fierceness of the boy:

The chaste Moon he makes to woo;

Vesta, kindling holy fires,

Circled round about with spies,

Never dreaming loose desires,

Doting at the altar dies;

Ilion, in a short hour, higher

He can build, and once more fire.