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Poem by Francis Beaumont


The Indifferent


Never more will I protest,
To love a woman but in jest:
For as they cannot be true,
So, to give each man his due,
 When the wooing fit is past
 Their affection cannot last.

Therefore, if I chance to meet
With a mistress fair and sweet,
She my service shall obtain,
Loving her for love again:
 Thus much liberty I crave,
 Not to be a constant slave.

But when we have tried each other,
If she better like another,
Let her quickly change for me,
Then to change am I as free.
 He or she that loves too long
 Sell their freedom for a song.



Francis Beaumont


Francis Beaumont's other poems:
  1. Lay a Garland on My Hearse
  2. On the Marriage of a Beauteous Young Gentlewoman with an Ancient Man
  3. In Laudem Authoris
  4. Mr. Francis Beaumont's Letter to Ben Jonson
  5. The Glance


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • John Donne The Indifferent ("I CAN love both fair and brown")
  • Alexander Brome The Indifferent ("MIstake me not, I am not of that mind")

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