by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674)

He that will not love
Language: English 
He that will not love must be
My scholar and learn this of me:
There be in love as many fears
As the summer corn have ears;
Sighs and sobs, and troubles more
Than the sand upon the shore;
Now an ague, then a fever
Both tormenting lovers ever.
Woulds't thou know besides all these
How hard a woman 'tis to please?
How high she's prized, whose worth's but small?
Little thou'lt love, or nought at all.


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Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 77