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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)

    DId not the heauenly Rhetorike of thine eie,
    30Gainst whom the world could not hold argumēt,
    Perswade my hart to this false periurie:
    Vowes for thee broke deserue not punishment.
    A woman I forswore: but I will proue
    Thou being a Goddesse, I forswore not thee:
    35My vow was earthly, thou a heauenly loue,
    Thy grace being gainde, cures all disgrace in me.
    My vow was breath, and breath a vapor is,
    Then thou faire Sun, that on this earth doth shine,
    Exhale this vapor vow, in thee it is:
    40If broken, then it is no fault of mine.
    If by me broke, what foole is not so wise
    To breake an Oath, to win a Paradise?