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Poetry Friday: My true love hath my heart by Sir Philip Sidney

May 13th, 2016 (05:21 am)
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My true love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange one for another given:
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss,
There never was a better bargain driven:
My true love hath my heart, and I have his.

His heart in me keeps him and me in one,
My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides:
He loves my heart, for once it was his own,
I cherish his because in me it bides:
My true love hath my heart, and I have his.

- Sir Philip Sidney

Note from Bartleby.com:

This ditty first appeared in Puttenham's Art of English Poetry, 1589, to illustrate the Epimone, or the love burden. The following year it was inserted in the Arcadia, with the six additional lines quoted below:

His heart his wound received from my sight,
My heart was wounded with his wounded heart;
For as from me on him his hurt did light,
So still methought in me his hurt did smart:
Both equal hurt, in this change sought our bliss,
My true love hath my heart and I have his.

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Comments

Posted by: Violet Nesdoly (Violet Nesdoly)
Posted at: May 13th, 2016 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for linking

What a lovely poem, Little Willow! The repetitions make it seem braided together--an effect it's a lot harder to achieve than one would think. Thanks for posting and linking!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 13th, 2016 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for linking

Thanks for hosting this week! You have a great name.

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: May 15th, 2016 11:50 am (UTC)

I like it fine without the six additional lines!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 15th, 2016 03:32 pm (UTC)

Me too!

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