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2.7: "The Long Love That in My Thought Doth Harbor"

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    The long love that in my thought doth harbour

    And in mine hert doth keep his residence,

    Into my face presseth with bold pretence

    And therein campeth, spreading his banner.

    She that me learneth to love and suffer

    And will that my trust and lustës negligence

    Be rayned by reason, shame, and reverence,

    With his hardiness taketh displeasure.

    Wherewithall unto the hert’s forest he fleeth,

    Leaving his enterprise with pain and cry,

    And there him hideth and not appeareth.

    What may I do when my master feareth

    But in the field with him to live and die?

    For good is the life ending faithfully.

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