Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, PASSING BY, by THOMAS FORD (1580-1648)



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First Line: There is a lady sweet and kind
Last Line: Yet will I love her till I die.
Subject(s): Fidelity; Faithfulness; Constancy


There is a lady sweet and kind,
Was never face so pleased my mind;
I did but see her passing by,
And yet I love her till I die.
Her gesture, motion, and her smiles,
Her wit, her voice, my heart beguiles,
Beguiles my heart, I know not why,
And yet I love her till I die.
Her free behaviour, winning looks,
Will make a lawyer burn his books;
I touched her not, alas! not I,
And yet I love her till I die.
Had I her fast betwixt mine arms,
Judge you that think such sports were harms,
Were 't any harm? no, no, fie, fie,
For I will love her till I die.
Should I remain confined there
So long as Phoebus in his sphere,
I to request, she to deny,
Yet would I love her till I die.
Cupid is winged and doth range,
Her country so my love doth change:
But change she earth, or change she sky,
Yet will I love her till I die.








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