Time stands still

by John Dowland

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Time stands still
English source: Anon.

Time stands still with gazing on her face.
Stand still and gaze, for minutes, hours and years to her give place.
All other things shall change but she remains the same.
Till heavens changed have their course and Time hath lost his name.
Cupid doth hover up and down, blinded with her fair eyes.
And Fortune captive at her feet contemned and conquered lies.

Whom Fortune, Love, and Time attend on,
Her with my fortunes, love, and time I honour will alone.
If bloodless Envy say Duty hath no desert,
Duty replies that Envy knows herself his faithful heart.
My settled vows and spotless faith no fortune can remove,
Courage shall show my inward faith, and faith shall try my love.




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