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Thomas Ford (1580?-1648)

There Is a Lady Sweet and Kind


              1There is a lady sweet and kind,
              2Was never face so pleas'd my mind;
              3I did but see her passing by,
              4And yet I love her till I die.

              5Her gesture, motion, and her smiles,
              6Her wit, her voice, my heart beguiles,
              7Beguiles my heart, I know not why,
              8And yet I love her till I die.

              9Her free behaviour, winning looks,
            10Will make a lawyer burn his books;
            11I touch'd her not, alas! not I,
            12And yet I love her till I die.

            13Had I her fast betwixt mine arms,
            14Judge you that think such sports were harms,
            15Were't any harm? no, no, fie, fie,
            16For I will love her till I die.

            17Should I remain confined there
            18So long as Phœbus in his sphere,
            19I to request, she to deny,
            20Yet would I love her till I die.

            21Cupid is winged and doth range,
            22Her country so my love doth change:
            23But change she earth, or change she sky,
            24Yet will I love her till I die.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Thomas Ford, Mvsicke of svndrie kindes (London: John Windet, 1607). M C346 Music Library mfm
First publication date: 1607
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.238, ed. N. J. Endicott; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 1:2002/4/27

Rhyme: aabb


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