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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Thomas Carew
 
26. Mediocrity in love rejected
 
GIVE me more Love, or more Disdain; 
  The Torrid, or the Frozen Zone 
Bring equall ease unto my paine; 
  The Temperate affords me none: 
Either extreme, of Love, or Hate,         5
Is sweeter than a calme estate. 
  
Give me a storme; if it be Love, 
  Like Danae in that golden showre 
I swim in pleasure; if it prove 
  Disdain, that Torrent will devour  10
My Vulture-hopes; and he's possest 
Of Heaven, that's but from Hell releast: 
  Then crown my joyes, or cure my pain; 
  Give me more Love, or more Disdain. 
 
 
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