An Old Song (Aldington)

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<poem> 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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