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Confined Love

 
  SOME man unworthy to be possessor  
Of old or new love, himself being false or weak,  
  Thought his pain and shame would be lesser,  
If on womankind he might his anger wreak;  
    And thence a law did grow,  
    One might but one man know;  
    But are other creatures so?  
 
  Are sun, moon, or stars by law forbidden  
To smile where they list, or lend away their light?  
  Are birds divorced or are they chidden  
If they leave their mate, or lie abroad a night?  
    Beasts do no jointures lose  
    Though they new lovers choose;  
    But we are made worse than those.  
 
  Whoe’er rigg’d fair ships  to lie in harbours,  
And not to seek lands,  or not to deal with all?  
  Or built  fair houses, set trees, and arbours,  
Only to lock up, or else to let them fall?  
    Good is not good, unless  
    A thousand it possess,        
    But doth waste with greediness.

~ JD

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"If he's honest, he'll steal; if he's human, he'll murder; if he's faithful, he'll deceive. Being at a loss to resolve these questions, I am resolved to leave them without any resolution." I have so much to say to you that I am afraid I shall tell you nothing."

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