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  • Title: The Passionate Pilgrim (Octavo, 1599)
  • Editor: Hardy M. Cook
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-411-0

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Hardy M. Cook
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    The Passionate Pilgrim (Octavo, 1599)

    IT was a Lordings daughter, the fairest one of three
    That liked of her maister, as well as well might be,
    Till looking on an Englishman, the fairest that eie could see,
    215Her fancie fell a turning.
    Long was the combat doubtfull, that loue with loue did fight
    To leaue the maister louelesse, or kill the gallant knight,
    To put in practise either, alas it was a spite
    Vnto the silly damsell.
    220But one must be refused, more mickle was the paine,
    That nothing could be vsed, to turne them both to gaine,
    For of the two the trusty knight was wounded with disdaine,
    Alas she could not helpe it.
    Thus art with armes contending, was victor of the day,
    225Which by a gift of learning, did beare the maid away,
    Then lullaby the learned man hath got the Lady gay,
    For now my song is ended.