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First Line: When thou, poor excommunicate
Last Line: Damned for thy false apostasy.
Variant Title(s): Song. To My Inconstant Mistress;song
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy

When thou, poor excommunicate
From all the joys of love, shalt see
The full reward and glorious fate
Which my strong faith shall purchase me,
Then curse thine own inconstancy.

A fairer hand than thine shall cure
That heart which thy false oaths did wound,
And to my soul a soul more pure
Than thine shall by Love's hand be bound,
And both with equal glory crown'd.

Then shalt thou weep, entreat, complain
To Love, as I did once to thee;
When all thy tears shall be as vain
As mine were then, for thou shalt be
Damned for thy false apostasy.

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