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KEEPING ENDLESS HOLIDAY, by            
First Line: Doing, a filthy pleasure is, and short
Last Line: Can this decay, but is beginning ever.
Alternate Author Name(s): Petronius Arbiter; Tactitus Arbiter Elegantiae
Variant Title(s): "chaste Lust;""doing, A Filthy Pleasure Is, And Short"";
Subject(s): Love


Doing, a filthy pleasure is, and short;
And done, we straight repent us of the sport:
Let us not then rush blindly on unto it,
Like lustfull beasts, that onely know to doe it:
For lust will languish, and that heat decay,
But thus, thus, keeping endlesse Holy-day,
Let us together closely lie, and kisse,
There is no labour, nor no shame in this;
This hath pleas'd, doth please, and long will please; never
Can this decay, but is beginning ever.





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