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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)

    IF Loue make me forsworn, how shal I swere to loue?
    O, neuer faith could hold, if not to beauty vowed:
    Though to my selfe forsworn, to thee Ile constant proue,
    60those thoghts to me like Okes, to thee like Osiers bowed.
    Studdy his byas leaues, and makes his booke thine eies,
    where all those pleasures liue, that Art can comprehend:
    If knowledge be the marke, to know thee shall suffice:
    Wel learned is that toung that well can thee commend,
    65All ignorant that soule, that sees thee without wonder,
    Which is to me some praise, that I thy parts admyre:
    Thine eye Ioues lightning seems, thy voice his dreadfull thunder
    which (not to anger bent) is musick & sweet fire
    Celestiall as thou art, O, do not loue that wrong:
    70 To sing heauens praise, with such an earthly toung.