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Magdalene College - Pepys
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A delicate new Ditty composed upon the Posie of a Ring
being, I fancy none but thee alone : sent as a Newyeeres Gift
by a Lover to his Sweet-heart.
To the tune of Dulcina.

T Hou who art so sweet a creature,
that above all earthly joy
I thee deeme for thy rare feature,
kill me not by seeming coy,
nor be thou mute,
when this my suit
into thy eares by love is blowne,
but say by me,
as I by thee:
I fancy none but thee alone.

Hadst thou Cupids mothers beauty,
and Dianaes chaste desires,
Thinke on that which is thy duty,
to fulfill what love requires,
'tis love I aske,
and tis thy taske
to be propitious to my mone,
for still I say,
and will for aye,
I fancy none but thee alone.

Let not selfe-conceit ore-sway thee,
woman was at first ordained,
To serve man, though I obey thee,
being by loves law constrained,
my sobs and teares,
true witnesse beares,
of my hearts griefe and heavy mone,
let not thy frowne
then me cast downe,
who fancies none but thee alone.

Thinke what promise thou didst give me,
when I first did thee behold,
There thou vow'dst thou wouldst not leave me,
for a masse of Indian gold.
but now I finde
thou art unkinde,
all former vowes are past and gone,
yet once againe,
him entertaine,
who fancies none but thee alone.

Let my true affections move thee,
to commiserate my paine,
If thou knew'st how deare I love thee,
sure thou wouldst love him againe:
I thee affect:
and more respect
thy welfare then I doe mine owne:
let this move thee
to pitty me,
who fancies none but thee alone.

Why should women be obdurate,
and mens proffers thus despise?
Deare, be rul'd, we'le have a Curate,
nuptiall rites to solemnize:
thou Marigold,
whose leaves unfold,
when Tytanes rayes reflect thereon,
on thee Ile shine,
for thou art mine,
I fancy none but thee alone.

The second part. Or, the Maidens kind Reply.
To the same Tune.

D Eare, I have receiv'd thy token,
and with it thy faithfull love,
Prethee let no more be spoken,
I to thee will constant prove,
doe not despaire,
nor live in care,
for her who vowes to be thine owne,
though I seeme strange,
I will not change,
I fancy none but thee alone.

Thinke not that I will forgoe thee,
though I'm absent from thy sight,
If I knew how to come to thee:
Ide be with thee day and night,
But well thou know'st,
how I am crost,
else would my love to thee be showne,
with free accord,
yet take my word,
I fancy none but thee alone.

This proverbe hath oft been used,
She that's bound, must needs obey,
And thou seest how I'm inclused,
from thy presence night and day,
I dare not shew
what love I owe
to thee, for feare it should be knowne,
yet still my minde,
shall be inclinde,
To fancy none but thee alone.

Though my body for a season,
be absent from thee perforce,
Yet I pray thee judge with reason,
that I love thee nere the worse.
Oh that I might
enjoy thy sight,
then should my love to thee be showne,
then doe not thinke,
her love te shrinke,
who fancies none but thee alone.

Many times I thinke upon thee,
in my melancholly fits,
When I finde my selfe kept from thee,
it deprives me of my wits:
oft times I weepe,
when other sleepe,
producing many a grievous groane,
then thinke on me,
as I on thee,
and fancy none but mee alone.

No fastidious motions mo[v]e me,
to be from thy sight so long
Doe not then (my deare) rep[r]ove me,
nor suspect I doe thee wrong:
For be thou sure,
I doe endure
in constancy surpast by none:
I long to see
the [time] that we,
shall of two bodies be made one.


London Printed for F.C. FINIS.

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