Love is a Sickness

Samuel Daniel 1562 (Taunton) – 1619



LOVE is a sickness full of woes,
   All remedies refusing;
A plant that with most cutting grows,
   Most barren with best using.
   Why so?

More we enjoy it, more it dies;
If not enjoy'd, it sighing cries--
   Heigh ho!

Love is a torment of the mind,
   A tempest everlasting;
And Jove hath made it of a kind
   Not well, nor full nor fasting.
   Why so?

More we enjoy it, more it dies;
If not enjoy'd, it sighing cries--
   Heigh ho!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ababC DDC ebebC DDC
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 442
Words 82
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 5, 3, 5, 3

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