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First Line: And if I did, what then?
Last Line: "as they do now at me."
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Love - Loss Of; Anglers

"And if I did what then?
Are you aggrieved therefore?
The sea hath fish for every man,
And what would you have more?"

Thus did my mistress once
Amaze my mind with doubt,
And popped a question for the nonce
To beat my brains about.

Whereto I thus replied:
"Each fisherman can wish
That all the sea at every tide
Were his alone to fish,

And so did I, in vain;
But since it may not be,
Let such fish there as find the gain,
And leave the loss for me.

And with such luck and loss
I will content myself,
Till tides turning time may toss
Such fishers on the shelf.

And when thy stick on sands,
That every man may see,
Then will I laugh and clap my hands,
As they do now at me."

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