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First Line: My love bound me with a kiss
Last Line: Kisses make men loath to go.
Subject(s): Kisses


My love bound me with a kiss
That I should no longer stay;
When I felt so sweet a bliss
I had less power to part away:
Alas! that woman doth not know
Kisses make men loath to go.

Yet she knows it but too well,
For I heard when Venus' dove
In her ear did softly tell
That kisses were the seals of love:
O muse not then though it be so;
Kisses make men loath to go.

Wherefore did she thus inflame
My desires, heat my blood,
Instantly to quench the same,
And starve whom she had given food?
I the common sense can show;
Kisses make men loath to go.

Had she bid me go at first
It would ne'er have grieved my heart,
Hope delayed had been the worst;
But ah! to kiss and then to part!
How deep it struck, speak, gods, you know
Kisses make men loath to go.





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