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Poem by Alexander Montgomerie

Sonnet 37. My plesuris past procures my present pain

My plesuris past procures my present pain ;
My present pain expels my plesurs past ;
My languishing, alace ! is lyk to last ;
My greif ay groues, my gladenes wants a grane ;

My bygane joyes I can not get agane,
Bot, once imbarkit, I must byde the blast.
I can not chuse ; my kinsh is not to cast :
To wish it war, my wish wald be bot vane :

Jit, vhill I sey my senses to dissaive,
To pleis my thoght, I think a thousand things,
Quhilks to my breist bot boroude blythnes brings :
Anis hope I had, thoght nou dispair I halve :

A stratagem, thoght strange, to stay my sturt,
By apprehensioun for to heill my hurt.

Alexander Montgomerie

Alexander Montgomerie's other poems:
  1. The Cherrie and the Slae
  2. Sonnet 18. To the Lords of the Session. I
  3. Sonnet 30. Christen Lyndesay to Ro. Hudsone
  4. Sonnet 61. Of the Duleweid. III
  5. Sonnet 19. To the Lords of the Session. II

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