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(24 January 1572 - 31 March 1631 / London, England)

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A Jet Ring Sent

Thou art not so black as my heart,
Nor half so brittle as her heart, thou art ;
What would'st thou say ? shall both our properties by thee be spoke,
—Nothing more endless, nothing sooner broke?

Marriage rings are not of this stuff ;
Oh, why should ought less precious, or less tough
Figure our loves ? except in thy name thou have bid it say,
'—I'm cheap, and nought but fashion ; fling me away.'

Yet stay with me since thou art come,
Circle this finger's top, which didst her thumb ;
Be justly proud, and gladly safe, that thou dost dwell with me ;
She that, O ! broke her faith, would soon break thee.

Submitted: Friday, April 09, 2010
Edited: Tuesday, May 22, 2012


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  • * Sunprincess * (11/19/2013 10:54:00 PM)

    love thrown away... as easily as throwing away the ring... nicely written...

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