An Old Song (Aldington)

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An Old Song
by Richard Aldington


I have no lust nor care
     To sing of Mary,
I praise the quaint sweet air
     Of a mortal lady.

She is not clothed in sad
     Raiment like Mary
But in cloth and silk that is glad
     And fully seemly.

Her eyes are not tear-rimmed
     Like those of Mary,
Only with love are they dimmed
     When she kisses me.

By God, though she be God's mother,
     I care not for Mary,
Only to serve this other
     That is so dear to me.

Therefore, sweet friends, I know,
     By the splendour of Mary,
Into uttermost hell shall I go
     For sweet sin with this lady.

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