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First Line: Would god, my burges, I could think
Last Line: But scarlet-like outlasts the cloth.


Would God, my Burges, I could think
Thoughts worthy of thy gift, this ink,
Then would I promise here to give
Verse, that should thee, and me outlive.
But since the wine hath steeped my brain,
I only can the paper stain;
Yet with a dye, that fears no moth,
But scarlet-like outlasts the cloth.





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