Dear, if you change, I'll never choose again. Sweet, if you shrink, I'll never think of love. Fair, if you fail, I'll judge all beauty vain. Wise, if too weak, more wits I'll never prove. Dear, Sweet, Fair, Wise, change, shrink, nor be not weak: And on my faith, my faith shall never break. Earth with her flowers shall sooner heav'n adorn. Heaven her bright stars through earth's dim globe shall move. Fire heat shall lose, and frosts of flame be born. Air, made to shine, as black as hell shall prove. Earth, Heav'n, Fire, Air, the world transform'd shall view, Ere I prove false to faith, or strange to you.
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- by John Dowland (1562 - 1626), "Dear, if you change", published 1597, from First Book of Songs or Airs [text verified 1 time]
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