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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Thomas Carew
 
28. A deposition from love
 
I WAS foretold, your rebell sex, 
  Nor love, nor pitty knew; 
And with what scorn you use to vex 
  Poor hearts that humbly sue; 
Yet I believ'd, to crown our pain,         5
  Could we the fortress win, 
The happy Lover sure should gain 
  A Paradise within: 
I thought Loves plagues, like Dragons sate, 
Only to fright us at the gate.  10
  
But I did enter, and enjoy 
  What happy Lovers prove; 
For I could kiss, and sport, and toy, 
  And taste those sweets of love; 
Which had they but a lasting state,  15
  Or if in Celia's brest 
The force of love might not abate, 
  Jove were too mean a guest. 
But now her breach of faith, farre more 
Afflicts, than did her scorn before.  20
  
Hard fate! to have been once possest, 
  As victor, of a heart 
Atchiev'd with labour, and unrest, 
  And then forc'd to depart. 
If the stout Foe will not resigne  25
  When I besiege a Town, 
I lose, but what was never mine; 
  But he that is cast down 
From enjoy'd beauty, feels a woe, 
Only deposed Kings can know.  30
 
 
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