Realms of Light
Artist: Hallie Champlin Hyde
I Be Not Fooled
by Linda L. Dowd
Upon mine virgin tongue I taste thy brine,
As tears doth fall from thy wanton eyes.
If thou shouldst but give from love ~ not loins of lust,
Then ye wouldst ne'er need wail in pine.
If thy passions stemmed from deepest part of soul,
I wouldst unfold mine sacred self to thy seeking hands,
Giving of mine self with proffer of gold bands,
Then we wouldst join as one as bells do toll.
But I be not fooled by liquid pools,
That weaken maids less fair than I.
With strength of pride, and virtues high,
~ Without respect, mine passion cools.