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American Literature

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Question 2 of 8

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray,
The while we live, in love let's so persevere
That when we live no more, we may live ever.

Lines 7-8 ("My love…recompense.") are best paraphrased by which of the following?

  • A.

    We love each other intensely, but will eventually have to pay the price for our love.

  • B.

    I ought to love you more than I do, but I am already consumed with love for someone else.

  • C.

    If you loved me as much as I love you, I would be happier than the richest person alive.

  • D.

    My love for you is strong, but its intensity changes according to how much I think you love me.

  • E.

    My love for you is all-consuming and can only be satisfied by your loving me in return.

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