Published by Grosart in The Fuller Worthies' Library as "Love thy Choice". It comes from the Rawlinson MS 85 folio 16. The ends of the lines are given bracketed with the answer "love".
1473636Love thy ChoiceEdward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford?
Who taught thee first to sigh, alas, my heart?
Who taught thy tongue the woeful words of plaint?
Who filled your eyes with tears of bitter smart?
Who gave thee grief and made thy joys to faint?
Who first did paint with colours pale thy face?
Who first did break thy sleeps of quiet rest?
Above the rest in court who gave thee grace?
Who made thee strive in honour to be best?
In constant truth to bide so firm and sure,
To scorn the world regarding but thy friends?
With patient mind each passion to endure,
In one desire to settle to the end?
Love then thy choice wherein such choice thou bind,
As nought but death may ever change thy mind.
This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.