John Wilbye

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    Biographical information

  1. Love not me




    Biographical information

      Name: John Wilbye
      Place and date of birth: Brome, Suffolk (England); March 7, 1574
      Place and date of death: Colchester, Essex (England); September 1638 (aged 64)

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      Love not me

        Love not me for comely grace,
        For my pleasing eye or face,

        Nor for any outward part:
        No, nor for a constant heart!
        For these may fail or turn to ill:
        Should thou and I sever.

        Keep, therefore, a true woman's eye,
        And love me still, but know not why!
        So hast thou the same reason still
        To dote upon me ever.