Christopher Marlowe: First Sight

Christopher Marlowe (1564 - 1593)                            

FIRST SIGHT (From “Hero and Leander”)

It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is over-ruled by fate.
When we are stripped, long ere the course begin
We wish that one should lose, the other win;
And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots, like in each respect.
The reason no man knows, let it suffice,
What we behold is censured by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight;
Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?

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