Live to Love

Love is life's end,
an end but never ending

All joys all sweets
all happiness awarding

Love is life's wealth
ne'er spent but ever spending

More rich by giving
taking by discarding

Love is life's reward
rewarded in rewarding

Then from thy wretched heart
fond care remove

Oh should thou live but once
Love's sweets to prove

Thou wilt not love to live
unless thou live to love

(Phineas Fletcher, Venus and Anchises, 1628)

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