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Monologues for Men

FRI. L.

Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!

Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear,

So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies

Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.

Jesu Maria, what a deal of brine

Hath wash’d thy sallow cheeks for Rosaline!

How much salt water thrown away in waste,

To season love, that of it doth not taste!

The sun not yet thy sighs from heaven clears,

Thy old groans yet ringing in mine ancient ears;

Lo here upon thy cheek the stain doth sit

Of an old tear that is not wash’d off yet.

If e’er thou wast thyself and these woes thine,

Thou and these woes were all for Rosaline.

And art thou chang’d? Pronounce this sentence then:

Women may fall, when there’s no strength in men.

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