by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

Shall I strive with words to move
Language: English 
Shall I strive with words to move,
When deeds receive not due regard?
Shall I speak, and neither please,
Nor be freely heard?

Grief, alas, though all in vain,
Her restless anguish must reveal:
She alone my wound shall know,
Though she will not heal.

All woes have end,
though awhile delay'd,
Our patience proving.
O that Time's strange effects
Could but make, but make her loving.

Storms calm at last,
and why may not she
Leave off her frowning?
O sweet Love, help her hands
My affection crowning.

I woo'd her, I lov'd her,
and none but her admire.
O come, dear joy,
And answer my desire.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 22
Word count: 108