TELL me not, Sweet, I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
war and arms I fly.
True, a new mistress now I chase,
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace
sword, a horse, a shield.
Yet this inconstancy is such
As thou too shalt adore;
I could not love thee, Dear, so much,
I not Honour more.
IF to be absent were to be
Away from thee;
Or that when I am gone
You or I were alone;
my Lucasta, might I crave
Pity from blustering wind or swallowing wave.
But Ill not sigh one blast or gale
To swell my sail,
Or pay a tear to suage
The foaming blue
For whether he will let me pass
Or no, Im still as happy as I was.
Though seas and land betwixt us both,
Our faith and troth,
Like separated souls,
All time and
Above the highest sphere we meet
Unseen, unknown; and greet as Angels greet.
So then we do anticipate
And are alive i the skies,
If thus our lips and eyes
speak like spirits unconfined
In Heaven, their earthy bodies left behind.
SHE beat the happy pavàement
By such a star made firmament,
Which now no more the
But swells up high, with Atlas even,
Bearing the brighter nobler heaven,
And, in her, all the
Each step trod out a Lovers thought,
And the ambitious hopes he brought
Chaind to her brave
feet with such arts,
Such sweet command and gentle awe,
As, when she ceased, we sighing saw
floor lay paved with broken hearts.
AMARANTHA sweet and fair,
Ah, braid no more that shining hair!
As my curious hand or
Hovering round thee, let it fly!
Let it fly as unconfined
As its calm ravisher the wind,
Who hath left his darling, th East,
wanton oer that spicy nest.
Every tress must be confest,
But neatly tangled at the best;
Like a clew of golden thread
Do not then wind up that light
In ribbands, and oercloud in night,
Like the Sun in s early ray;
shake your head, and scatter day!
OTHOU that swingst upon the waving hair
Of some well-fillàed oaten beard,
Drunk every night
with a delicious tear
Dropt thee from heaven, where thou wert reard!
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