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Not To Love
He that will not love must be
My scholar, and learn this of me:
There be in love as many fears
As the summer’s corn has ears:
Sighs, and sobs, and sorrows more
Than the sand that makes the shore:
Freezing cold and fiery heats,
Fainting swoons and deadly sweats;
Now an ague, then a fever,
Both tormenting lovers ever.
Would’st thou know, besides all these,
How hard a woman ’tis to please,
How cross, how sullen, and how soon
She shifts and changes like the moon.
How false, how hollow she’s in heart:
And how she is her own least part:
How high she’s priz’d, and worth but small;
Little thou’lt love, or not at all.
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