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Each gloried in their wanton part ;

To make a lover, he
Employ'd the utmost of his art-
To make a beauty, she.

SIR C. SEDLEY.

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COUNSEL TO GIRLS

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,

Old Time is still a-flying :
And this same flower that smiles to-day,

To-morrow will be dying.

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The glorious Lamp of Heaven, the Sun,

The higher he's a-getting
The sooner will his race be run,

And nearer he's to setting.

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That age is best which is the first,

When youth and blood are warmer ;
But being spent, the worse, and worst

Times, still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time ;

And while ye may, go marry :
For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry.

R. HERRICK.

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83

TO LUCASTA, ON GOING TO THE WARS

Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind

That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind

To war and arms I fly.

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True, a new mistress now I chase,

The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace

A sword, a horse, a shield.

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Yet this inconstancy is such

As you too shall adore ;
I could not love thee, Dear, so much,
Loved I not Honour more.

COLONEL LOVELACE,

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ELIZABETH OF BOHEMIA

You meaner beauties of the night,

That poorly satisfy our eyes
More by your number than your light,

You common people of the skies,
What are you, when the Moon shall rise ?

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You curious chanters of the wood

That warble forth dame Nature's lays, Thinking your passions understood

By your weak accents ; what 's your praise When Philome! her voice shall raise ?

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You violets that first appear,

By your pure purple mantles known Like the proud virgins of the year,

As if the spring were all your own,What are you, when the Rose is blown ?

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So when my Mistress shall be seen

In form and beauty of her mind, By virtue first, then choice, a Queen,

Tell me, if she were not design'd Th' eclipse and glory of her kind ?

SIR H. WOTTON.

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TO THE LADY MARGARET LEY

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Daughter to that good Earl, once President

Of England's Council and her Treasury,

Who lived in both, unstain'd with gold or fee, And left them both, more in himself content, Till the sad breaking of that Parliament

Broke him, as that dishonest victory

At Chaeronea, fatal to liberty, Kill'd with report that old man eloquent ;Though later born than to have known the days Wherein your father flourish'd, yet by you,

Madam, methinks I see him living yet ; So well your words his noble virtues praise, That all both judge you to relate them true, And to possess them, honour'd Margaret.

J. MILTON.

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86

THE LOVELINESS OF LOVE

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It is not Bcauty I demand,

A crystal brow, the moon's despair, Nor the snow's daughter, a white hand,

Nor mermaid's yellow pride of hair :
Tell me not of your starry eyes,

Your lips that seem on roses fed,
Your breasts, where Cupid trembling lies

Nor sleeps for kissing of his bed :-
A bloomy pair of vermeil cheeks

Like Hebe's in her ruddiest hours, A breath that softer music speaks

Than summer winds a-wooing flowers,

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These are but gauds : nay, what are lips ?

Coral beneath the ocean-stream,
Whose brink when your adventurer sips

Full oft he perisheth on them.
And what are cheeks, but ensigns oft

That wave hot youth to fields of blood ?
Did Helen's breast, though ne'er so soft,

Do Greece or Ilium any good ? Eyes can with baleful ardour burn;

Poison can breath, that erst perfumed ; There's many a white hand holds an urn

With lovers' hearts to dust consumed. For crystal brows-there's nought within ;

They are but empty cells for pride ; He who the Syren's hair would win

Is mostly strangled in the tide. Give me, instead of Beauty's bust,

A tender heart, a loyal mind Which with temptation I could trust,

Yet never link'd with error find,One in whose gentle bosom I

Could pour my secret heart of woes, Like the care-burthen'd honey-fly

That hides his murmurs in the rose,
My earthly Comforter! whose love

So indefeasible might be
That, when my spirit won above,
Hers could not stay, for sympathy.

G. DARLEY.

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THE TRUE BEAUTY
He that loves a rosy cheek

Or a coral lip admires,
Or from star-like eyes doth seek

Fuel to maintain his fires ;

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As old Time makes these decay,
So his flames must waste away.

But a smooth and steadfast mind,

Gentle thoughts, and calm desires,
Hearts with equal love combined,

Kindle never-dying fires :-
Where these are not, I despise
Lovely cheeks or lips or eyes.

T. CAREW.

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TO DIANEME

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Sweet, be not proud of those two eyes
Which starlike sparkle in their skies ;
Nor be you proud, that you can see
All hearts your captives ; yours yet free :
Be you not proud of that rich hair
Which wantons with the lovesick air ;
Whenas that ruby which you wear,
Sunk from the tip of your soft ear,
Will last to be a precious stone
When all your world of beauty's gone.

R. HERRICK.

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Go, lovely Rosc !
Tell her, that wastes her time and me,

That now she knows,
When I resemble her to thee,
How sweet and fair she seems to be.

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Tell her that's young
And shuns to have her graces spied,

That hadst thou sprung
In deserts, where no men abide,
Thou must have uncommended died.

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