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  • Title: A Lover's Complaint (Quarto, 1609)
  • Editor: Hardy M. Cook
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-411-0

    Copyright Hardy M. Cook. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Hardy M. Cook
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    A Lover's Complaint (Quarto, 1609)

    A thousand fauours from a maund she drew,
    Of amber christall and of bedded Iet,
    Which one by one she in a riuer threw,
    Vpon whose weeping margent she was set,
    40Like vsery applying wet to wet,
    Or Monarches hands that lets not bounty fall,
    Where want cries some; but where excesse begs all.