I Prithee Send Me Back My Heart

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I prithee send me back my heart,
      Since I cannot have thine;
For if from yours you will not part,
      Why then shouldst thou have mine?

Yet now I think on't, let it lie,
      To find it were in vain;
For th'hast a thief in either eye
      Would steal it back again.

Why should two hearts in one breast lie,
      And yet not lodge together?
O love, where is thy sympathy,
      If thus our breasts thou sever?

But love is such a mystery,
      I cannot find it out;
For when I think I'm best resolv'd,
      I then am most in doubt.

Then farewell care, and farewell woe,
      I will no longer pine;
For I'll believe I have her heart
      As much as she hath mine.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.