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Tell Me Not, Sweet...

Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind
For, from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast, and quiet mind,
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith- embrace
A sword, a horse, a shield.

Yet this unconstancy is such
As you too shall adore;
For, I could not love thee,
Dear, so much,
Loved I not honour more.

Tell me not, Sweet by Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)

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