Toss not my soul, O Love, ’twixt hope and fear! Show me some ground where I may firmly stand, Or surely fall! I care not which appear, So one will close me in a certain band. When once of ill the uttermost is known; The strength of sorrow quite is overthrown! Take me, Assurance, to thy blissful hold! Or thou Despair, unto thy darkest cell! Each hath full rest: the one, in joys enroll’d; Th’ other, in that he fears no more, is well. When once the uttermost of ill is known, The strength of sorrow quite is overthrown.
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- by John Dowland (1562 - 1626), "Toss not my soul, O Love", published 1600, from the collection Second Book of Songs or Airs [text verified 1 time]
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