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THE TRIPLE FOOL
I am two fools, I know,
If she would not deny ?
Then as th' earth's inward narrow crooked lanes
But when I have done so,
Doth set and sing my pain ;
Grief, which verse did restrain.
To love and grief tribute of verse belongs,
Both are increased by such songs,
Now thou hast loved me one whole day, To-morrow when thou leavest, what wilt thou say? Wilt thou then antedate some new-made vow?
Or say that now We are not just those persons
which we were ?
Or, your own end to justify,
Dispute, and conquer, if I would;
Which I abstain to do,
Go and catch falling star,
Get with childa mandrake root, Tell me where all past years are,
Or who cleft the devil's foot, Teach me to hear mermaids singing, Or to keep off envy's stinging,
Serves to advance an honest mind.
If thou be'st born to strange sights,
Things invisible to see,
Till age snow white hairs 'on thee, Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me, All strange wonders that befell thee,
Lives a woman true and fair.
If thou find'st one, let me know;
Such a pilgrimage were sweet.