Gateway to the Classics: Oxford Book of English Verse, Part 1 by Arthur Quiller-Couch
Oxford Book of English Verse, Part 1 by  Arthur Quiller-Couch

Love Not Me For Comely Grace

From John Wilbye's Second Set of Madrigals  (1609)

Love not me for comely grace,

For my pleasing eye or face,

Nor for any outward part,

No, nor for a constant heart:

For these may fail or turn to ill,

So thou and I shall sever:

Keep, therefore, a true woman's eye,

And love me still but know not why—

So hast thou the same reason still

To doat upon me ever!

— Anonymous

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