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ONCE & EVER, by            
First Line: Sure love is nothing less than love
Last Line: Learn what thy love to love must be.
Subject(s): Future Life; Immortality; Retribution; Eternity; After Life

SURE LOVE is nothing less than Love,
Yf it immortal doth not prove:
Yet mighty LOVE to justifie
Himself to be Himself, did dy.
Sweet Mystery, which thus can be
Immortal by Mortalitie!
LOVE dy'd indeed, but by that Art
Struck Death it self through Deaths own heart.
LOVE dy'd; but rose again, to prove
That though LOVE dy's, still LOVE is LOVE.
Thus gains the glorious Phaenix by
His sweet death, Immortality.
O never then let the foule shame
Of Change, blott Loves eternal name;
Nor fancy that in love thou wert
With LOVE, yf from his love thou start :
But since LOVE liv'd, & dy'd for Thee,
Learn what thy love to LOVE must be.

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