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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Thomas Carew
 
31. To a Lady that desired I would love her
 
NOW you have freely given me leave to love, 
                What will you doe? 
        Shall I your mirth, or passion move, 
                When I begin to wooe; 
Will you torment, or scorn, or love me too?         5
  
Each petty beauty can disdain, and I, 
                Spight of your hate, 
        Without your leave can see, and dye, 
                Dispence a nobler Fate, 
Tis easie to destroy, you may create.  10
  
Then give me leave to love, and love me too 
                Not with designe 
        To rayse, as Loves curst Rebels doe, 
                When puling Poets whine, 
Fame to their beauty, from their blubbr'd eyn.  15
  
Grief is a puddle, and reflects not clear 
                Your beauties rayes; 
        Joyes are pure streames, your eyes appear 
                Sullen in sadder layes, 
In cheerfull numbers they shine bright with prayse.  20
  
Which shall not mention, to express you fayr, 
                Wounds, flames, and darts, 
        Storms in your brow, nets in your hair, 
                Suborning all your parts, 
Or to betray, or torture captive hearts.  25
  
I'le make your eyes like morning Suns appear, 
                As mild, and fair; 
        Your brow as Crystal smooth, and clear, 
                And your dishevell'd hayr 
Shall flow like a calm Region of the Ayr.  30
  
Rich Nature's store, (which is the Poet's Treasure) 
                I'le spend, to dress 
        Your beauties, if your mine of Pleasure 
                In equall thankfulness 
You but unlock, so we each other bless.  35
 
 
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