If Love now Reigned as it hath been
by Henry VIII, King of England
1 If love now reigned as it hath been
2 And were rewarded as it hath sin,
3 Noble men then would sure ensearch
4 All ways whereby they might it reach,
5 But envy reigneth with such disdain
6 And causeth lovers outwardly to refrain,
7 Which puts them to more and more
8 Inwardly most grievous and sore.
9 The fault in whom I cannot set,
10 But let them tell which love doth get--
11 To lovers I put now sure this case:
12 Which of their loves doth get them grace?
13 And unto them which doth it know
14 Better than do I, I think it so.