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Love is a babel

Language: English

  Love is a [babel]1,
  No man is able
To say 'tis this or 'tis that;
  So full of passions
  Of sundry fashions
'Tis like I cannot tell what.

  Love's fair in [the]2 cradle,
  Foul in [the]3 fable,
'Tis either too cold or too hot;
  An arrant liar,
  Fed by desire,
It is, and yet it is not.

  Love is a fellow,
  Clad oft in yellow4,
The canker-worm of the mind
  A privy mischief,
  And such a sly thief
No man knows which way to find.

  Love is a wonder
  That's here and yonder,
As common to one as to moe;
  A monstrous cheater,
  Every man's debtor;
Hang him and so let him go.

About the headline (FAQ)

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1 Jones, Parry: "bable"
2 omitted by Quilter.
3 Quilter: "a"; omitted by Parry
4 note: the colour of jealousy

Submitted by Mike Pearson


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Text added to the website: 2012-12-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:06
Line count: 24
Word count: 114

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