BETROTHAL AND WEDDING RINGS 241
As we begun, so let's continue.
My beloved is mine, and I am hers.
True blue will never stain. 1653.
Against thou goest, I will provide another. 1658.
In loving thee, I love myself. 1658.
Let him never take a wife, That will not love her as his life.
A heart content cannot repent.
I do not repent I gave consent.
No gift can show the love I owe.
What the heart saw the love hath chosen.
Love one little, but love one long.
Love him who gave thee this ring of gold, 'Tis he must kiss thee when thou art old.
This circle, though but small about, The devil, jealousy, will keep out.
If I think my wife is fair,
What need other people care? 1658.
God's appointment is my contentment. Love, I like thee ; sweet, requite me. With heart and hand at your command.
My heart in silence speaks to thee, Though absence barrs tongue's liberty.
ever: deceitful never. I like, I love as turtle dove. As gold is pure,
so love is sure. Despise not meet y* joyes in thee.