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My Dear and Only Love
Words by The Marquis of Montrose (1640).
Published by Boosey & Co., 1874.


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My dear and only love, I pray
That little world of thee
Be govern'd by no other sway
But purest monarchy:
For if confusion have a part
Which virtuous souls abhor,
I'll call a synod in my heart,
And never love thee more.

As Alexander I will reign,
And I will reign alone,
My thoughts did evermore disdain
A rival on my throne.
He either fears his fate to much
Or his deserts are small,
Who dares not put it to the touch,
To gain or lose it all.

Tristan and Isolde Sharing the Potion
(J. W. Waterhouse)
Waterhouse - Tristan & Isolde

But I will reign and govern still,
And always give the law,
And have each subject at my will,
And all to stand in awe.
But 'gainst my batt'ries if I find
Thou storm or vex me sore,
As if thou set me as a blind,
I'll never love thee more,
I'll never, never love thee more.

But if no faithless actions stain
Thy love and constant word,
I'll make thee famous by my pen,
And glorious by my sword.
I'll serve thee in such noble ways
As ne'er was known before;
I'll crown and deck thee all with bays,
And love thee more and more.

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