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University of Glasgow Library - Euing
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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 New-yeares gift
by a Lover to his Sweet-heart.
To the tune of Dulcina.

THou that 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 moane,
for still I say,
and will for aye,
I fancy none but thee alone.

Let not selfe conceit ore-straine 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 beauy moan
let not thy frown
then me cast downe,
who fancies none but thee alone.

Think what promise thou didst give me,
when I first did thee behold,
There thou vowdst thou wouldst not leave me
for a masse of Indian gold,
but now I find
thou art unkind,
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 knewst how deare I love thee,
sure thou wouldst love me againe:
I thee affect,
and more respect
thy welfare then I doe mine owne,
let this moove thee
to pitty me,
who fancies none but thee alone.

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

The second part, Or the Maidens kinde reply,
To the same tune.

DEare I have receivd 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 thy owne,
though I seeme strange,
I will not change,
I fancy none but thee alone.

Thinke not that I will forgoe thee,
though Im absent from thy sight,
When I find my selfe kept from thee,
Ide be with thee day and night,
but well thou knowst
how I am crost,
else should my love to thee be showne,
with free accord,
yet take my word
I fancy none but thee alone.

This proverb hath oft beene used,
she thats bound must needs obey,
And thou seest how Im inclosed,
from thy presence night and day,
I dare not show
what love I owe
to thee, for feare it should be knowne,
yet still my mind
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 to shrinke,
who fancies none but thee alone.

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

No fastidious motions move me,
to be from thy sight so long,
Dee not then (my deare) reprove me,
nor suspect I doe thee wrong,
for be thou sure,
I doe indure,
in constancy surpast by none,
I long to see
the time that we
shall of two bodies be made one.

Printed at London for H. Gosson.

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