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CAELIA: SONNETS: 8, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: As oft as I meet one that comes from you
Last Line: Love me alone and say alone you love me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, William Of Tavistock
Subject(s): Love; Absence; Separation; Isolation


AS oft as I meet one that comes from you,
And ask your health, not as the usual fashion,
Before he speaks, I doubt there will ensue,
As oft there doth, the common commendation:
Alas, think I, did he but know my mind
(Though for the world I would not have it so)
He would relate it in another kind,
Discourse of it at large, and yet but slow;
He should th' occasion tell, and with it too
Add how you charg'd him he should not forget;
For thus you might, as sure some lovers do,
Though such a messenger I have not met:
Nor do I care, since 'twill not further move me:
Love me alone and say alone you love me.





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