Christopher Marlowe

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Christopher Marlowe
Elegies, Book One, 5
after Ovid In summer’s heat and mid-time of the day
To rest my limbs upon a bed I lay,
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from Hero and Leander: "It lies not in our power to love or hate"
It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.
When two are stripped, long ere the course begin,
We wish that one should lose, the other win;
And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots, like in each respect:
The reason no man knows; let it suffice
What we behold is censured by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?
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Hero and Leander
The First Sestiad

(excerpt) On Hellespont, guilty of true love's blood,
In view and opposite two cities stood,
Sea-borderers, disjoin'd by Neptune's might;
The one Abydos, the other Sestos hight.
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