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First Line: By all thy glories willingly I go
Last Line: Cause you are fair, he loves himself, not you.
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting

BY all thy glories willingly I go,
Yet could have wish'd thee constant in thy love;
But, since thou needs must prove
Uncertain, as is thy beauty,
Or as the glass that shows it thee,
My hopes thus soon to overthrow
Shows thee more fickle; but my flames by this
Are easier quench'd than his
Whom flattering smiles betray:
'Tis tyrannous delay
Breeds all this harm,
And makes that fire consume that should but warm.

Till Time destroys the blossoms of thy youth
Thou art our idol, worshipp'd at that rate;
But who can tell thy fate,
Or say that when thy beauty's gone
Thy lover's torch will still burn on?
I could have serv'd thee with such truth
Devoutest pilgrims to their saints do owe
Departed long ago,
And at thy ebbing tide
Have us'd thee as a bride:
Who's only true
'Cause you are fair, he loves himself, not you.

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