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FOUR SONGS BY WAY OF CHORUS TO A PLAY: 4. INCOMMUNICABILITY OF LOVE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: By what power was love confin'd
Last Line: Without a rival, monarch of the breast.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


Question. BY what power was love confin'd
To one object? Who can bind,
Or fix a limit to the free-born mind?
Answer.
Move at once but in one way,
So nor can minds to more than one love stray.
Question.
Love's twinn'd flame, his forked dart.
Answer.
Question.
Question.
Should th' effect not multiply
As fast i' th' heart, as doth the cause i' th' eye?
Answer.
Sense preferring neither fair,
Desire stands still, distracted 'twixt the pair.
So in equal distance lay
Two fair lambs in the wolf's way:
The hungry beast will starve ere choose his prey.

But where one is chief, the rest
Cease, and that's alone possess'd,
Without a rival, monarch of the breast.





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