love me little, love me long

a 1500 in Archiv (1900) CVI. 274 Love me lytyll and longe.

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs II. ii. G1 Olde wise folke saie, loue me lyttle loue me long.

1629 T. ADAMS Works 813 Men cannot brooke poore friends. This inconstant Charitie is hateful as our English phrase premonisheth; Loue me Little, and Loue me Long.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 229 Love me little, love me long. A Dissuasive from shewing too much, and too sudden Kindness.

1907 Times Literary Supplement 8 Mar. 77 Mrs. Bellew is a lady who cannot love either little or long. very quickly of the men who are irresistibly drawn to her.

1991 Washington Times 14 Feb. G3 ‘Love me a little less but longer’ is an old folk phrase.

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