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Again! till these two lights be four
No error here can dangerous prove :
None double see like men in love.
[Extract from “ The Spring."]
be absent here, I needs must say The trees as beauteous are, and flowers as gay
As ever they were wont to be:
Nay, the birds' rural music too
As if they sung to pleasure you.
[From “ The Request.")
I ASK not one in whom all beauties grow
Let me but love, whate'er she be,
She cannot seem deform'd to me;
That happy * thing a lover grown,
But do not touch my heart, and so be gone:
Strike deep thy burning arrows in:
Lukewarmness I account a sin
Come arm'd with flames, for I would prove
[From “ Not fair."]
'Tis very true, I thought you once as fair
As women in th' idea are:
But a faint metaphor of thee.
Which cast this lustre o'er thy skin.
But since I knew thy falsehood, and thy pride, And all thy thousand faults beside ;
* " When I'm that."-Ed. 1647.
A very Moor, methinks, plac'd near to thee,
White as his teeth would seem to be;
Nay, when the world but knows how false you are,
There's not a man will think you fair.
Love in her sunny eyes does basking play,
Love walks the pleasant mazes of her hair, Love does on both her lips for ever stray,
And sows and reaps a thousand kisses there. In all her outward parts Love's always seen ;But oh! he never went within.
(From “ The Soul."]
IF mine eyes do e'er declare
If my abused touch allow
May I as worthless seem to thee,
If I ever anger know,
If ever I an hope admit,
mind Whilst you are well and not unkind; If I a minute's space debate, Whether I shall curse and hate The things beneath thy hatred fall, Though all the world, myself and all;
If any passion of my heart,
[From“ The Wish.”]
Well, then; I now do plainly see
The very honey of all earthly joy
And they, methinks, deserve my pity,
Of this great hive, the city,
Ah! yet, ere I descend to th’ grave,
And a few friends, and many books, both true,
And since Love ne'er will from me flee,) A mistress, moderately fair, And good, as guardian-angels are;
Only belov'd, and loving me!