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First Line: Alas, so all things now do hold their peace
Last Line: To live and lack the thing should rid my pain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Petrarca, Francesco
Variant Title(s): "a Complaint By Night Of The Lover Not Beloved;night;a Night Piece;""alas, So All Thinges Nowe Doe Holde Their Peace"";
Subject(s): Grief; Love - Unrequited; Sorrow; Sadness


Alas, so all things now do hold their peace:
Heaven and earth disturbed in no thing:
The beasts, the air, the birds their song do cease;
The nightes car the stars about doth bring.
Calm is the sea, the waves work less and less:
So am not I, whom love, alas, doth wring,
Bringing before my face the great increase
Of my desires, whereat I weep and sing
In joy and woe, as in a doubtful case.
For my sweet thoughts sometime do pleasure bring,
But, by and by, the cause of my disease
Gives me a pang that inwardly doth sting,
When that I think what grief it is again
To live and lack the thing should rid my pain.





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