Lucius’s Song from “The Rivall Friends” by Peter Hausted

Have pitty (Griefe) I can not pay
The tribute which I owe thee, teares;
Alas those Fountaines are growne dry,
And tis in vaine to hope supyly
From others eyes, for each man boares
Enough about him of his owne
To spend his stock of teares upon.

Wooe then the heavens (gentle Love)
To melt a Cloud for my reliefe
Or wooe the Deepe or wooe the Grave,
Wooe what thou wilt so I may have
Wherewith to pay my debt, for Griefe
Has vow’d, unlesse I quickly pay
To take both life and love away.

From: Hausted, Peter, The rivall friends A comœdie, as it was acted before the King and Queens Maiesties, when out of their princely favour they were pleased to visite their Vniversitie of Cambridge, upon the 19. day of March. 1631. Cryed downe by boyes, faction, envie, and confident ignorance, approv’d by the judicious, and now exposed to the publique censure, by the author, Pet. Hausted Mr. in Artes of Queenes Colledge, 2009, Text Creation Partnership: Ann Arbor, Michigan and Oxford, pp. [unnumbered].

Date: 1631

By: Peter Hausted (c1605-1644)


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