My loue hath vowd hee will forsake mee, And I am alreadie sped. Far other promise he did make me When he had my maidenhead. If such danger be in playing, And sport must to earnest turne, I will go no more a-maying. Had I foreseene what is ensued, And what now with paine I proue, Vnhappie then I had eschewed This vnkind euent of loue : Maides foreknow their own vndooing, But feare naught till all is done, When a man alone is wooing. Dissembling wretch, to gaine thy pleasure, What didst thou not vow and sweare? So didst thou rob me of the treasure, Which so long I held so deare, Now thou prou'st to me a stranger, Such is the vile guise of men When a woman is in danger. That hart is neerest to misfortune That will trust a fained toong, When flattring men our loues importune, They entend vs deepest wrong, If this shame of loues betraying But this once I cleanely shun, I will go no more a-maying.
- by Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620) [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620), "My loue hath vowd hee will forsake mee", published 1601, from the collection A Booke of Ayres = A Book of Airs, no. 5. [text verified 1 time]
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