John Donne: Love's Diet

Love's Diet

To what a cumbersome unwieldiness And burdenous corpulence my love had grown,       But that I did, to make it less,       And keep it in proportion, Give it a diet, made it feed upon That which love worst endures, discretion 
Above one sigh a day I allow'd him not, Of which my fortune, and my faults had part;       And if sometimes by stealth he got       A she sigh from my mistress' heart, And thought to feast upon that, I let him see 'Twas neither very sound, nor meant to me. 
If he wrung from me a tear, I brined it so With scorn and shame, that him it nourish'd not;       If he suck'd hers, I let him know       'Twas not a tear which he had got; His drink was counterfeit, as was his meat; For eyes, which roll towards all, weep not, but sweat. 
Whatever he would dictate I writ that, But burnt her letters when she writ to me;       And if that favour made him fat,       I said, “If any title be Convey'd by this, ah! what doth it avail, To be the fortieth name in an entail?
Thus I reclaim'd my buzzard love, to fly At what, and when, and how, and where I choose.       Now negligent of sports I lie,       And now, as other falconers use, I spring a mistress, swear, write, sigh, and weep; And the game kill'd, or lost, go talk or sleep.