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Love, that doth reign and live within my thought

April 22, 2012

December 15, 2011 4:54pm

Isn’t this just beautiful?


Translated by Surrey

“Love, that doth reign and live within my thought,

And built his seat within my captive breast,

Clad in the arms wherein with me he fought,

Oft in my face he doth his banner rest.

But she that taught me love and suffer pain,

My doubtful hope and eke my hot desire

With shame fast look to shadow and refrain,

Her smiling grace converteth straight to ire.

And coward Love then to the heart apace

Taketh his flight, where he doth lurk and plain,

His purpose lost, and dare not show his face.

For my lord’s guilt thus faultless bide I pain,

Yet from my lord shall not my foot remove:

Sweet is the death that taketh end by love.”

Absolutely one of my favourites.

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 23, 2012 3:48 am

    Excellent post today. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed it very much.

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