Why Should'St Thou Swear I Am Forsworn
Why should'st thou swear I am forsworn?
Since thine I vow'd to be?
Lady, it is already morn:
It was last night I swore to thee
this fond impossibility.
Have I not love'd thee much and long,
A tedious twelve hours' space!
I should all other beauties wrong
And rob thee of a new embrace
Should I still dote upon thy face.
Not that all joys in thy brown hair
By others may be found;
But I will search the dark, the fair,
Like skilful min'ralists that found
Their treasures in unploughed ground.
[tune:Why should'st thou swear I am forsworn]
Found in "Loyal Garland" c1680's. Attributed to King Charles I,
and popular among his cavaliers. WBO