"Dear, if you change, I'll never choose again"

By John Dowland John Dowland
Dear, if you change, I’ll never choose again;
Sweet, if you shrink, I’ll never think of love;
Fair, if you fail, I’ll judge all beauty vain;
Wise, if too weak, more wits I’ll never prove.
Dear, sweet, fair, wise,-change, shrink, nor be not weak;
And on my faith, my faith shall never break.

Earth with her flowers shall sooner heaven adorn;
Heaven her bright stars through, earth’s dim globe shall move;
Fire heat shall lose, and frosts of flame be born;
Air, made to shine, as black as hell shall prove:
Earth, heaven, fire, air, the world transformed shall view,
Ere I prove false to faith, or strange to you.

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Poet John Dowland

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Love, Infatuation & Crushes, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Realistic & Complicated

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SUBJECT Love, Infatuation & Crushes, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Realistic & Complicated

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

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