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First Line: Unless there were consent 'twixt hell and heaven
Last Line: I waver, whether saved or condemned.
Subject(s): Love Complaints


UNLESS there were consent 'twixt hell and heaven
That grace and wickedness should be combined,
I cannot make thee and thy beauties even:
Thy face is heaven, and torture in thy mind,
For more than worldly bliss is in thy eye
And hellish torture in thy mind doth lie.

A thousand Cherubims fly in her looks,
And hearts in legions melt upon their view:
But gorgeous covers wall up filthy books;
Be it sin to say, that so your eyes do you:
But sure your mind adheres not with your eyes,
For what they promise, that your heart denies.

But, O, lest I religion should misuse,
Inspire me thou, that ought'st thyself to know
(Since skilless readers reading do abuse),
What inward meaning outward sense doth show:
For by thy eyes and heart, chose and contemned.
I waver, whether saved or condemned.





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