Love Letter 12

THE approach of the time for
which I have so long waited
rejoices me so much, that it seems
almost to have come already. How-
ever, the entire accomplishment can-
not be till the two persons meet,
which meeting is more desired by
me than anything in this world; for
what joy can be greater upon earth
than to have the company of her who
is dearest to me, knowing likewise
that she does the same on her part,
the thought of which gives me the
greatest pleasure.

Judge wh at an effect the presence of
that person must have on me, whose
absence has grieved my heart more
than either words or writing can ex-
press, and which nothing can cure,
but that begging you, my mistress, to
tell your father from me, that I de-
sire him to hasten the time appointed
by two days, that he may be at court
before the old term, or, at farthest, on
the day prefixed; for otherwise I shall
think he will not do the lover’s turn,
as he said he would, nor answer my

No more at present for lack of
time, hoping shortly that byword of
mouth I shall tell you the rest of the
sufferings endured by mc from your

Written by the hand of the secre-
tary, who wishes himself at this mo-
ment privately with you, and who is,
and always will be.
Your loyal and most assured Servant,

H. no other A B seek R.