by Anonymous / Unidentified Author and sometimes misattributed to Tobias Hume (c1569 - 1645)

Fain would I change that note
Language: English 
Fain would I change that note
To which fond Love hath charm'd me
Long, long to sing by rote,
Fancying that that harm'd me:

Yet when this thought doth come
'Love is the perfect sum 
Of all delight!'
I have no other choice
Either for pen or voice
To sing or write.

O Love! they wrong thee much
That say thy [fruit]1 is bitter,
When thy [rich]2 fruit is such
As nothing can be sweeter.

Fair house of joy and bliss,
Where truest pleasure is,
I do adore thee:
I know thee what thou art,
I serve thee with my heart,
And fall before thee.

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1 Hume, Mulholland, Orr, Quilter: "sweet"
2 Hume: "ripe"


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 105