Love and Wit

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Love and Wit  (1576) 
by Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

This was first printed in the 1576 edition of Paradyse of Dainty Devices, but does not appear in the later Elizabethan editions. It was reprinted in an 1810 edition of Paradyse of Dainty Devices edited by Egerton Brydges. Published by Grosart in Miscellanies of the Fuller Worthies' Library, Vol. IV (1872)

My meaning is to work what wonders love hath wrought,
Wherewith I muse, why men of wit have love so dearly bought.
For love is worse than hate, and eke more harm hath done;
Record I take of those that rede of Paris, Priam’s son.
It seemed the god of sleep had mazed so much his wits,
When he refused wit for love, which cometh but by fits.
But why accuse I him, whom th’ earth hath covered long?
There be of his posterity alive, I do him wrong.
Whom I might well condemn, to be a cruel judge
Unto myself, who hath the crime in others that I grudge.

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.