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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Sir John Suckling
 
36. "My dearest Rival, least our Love"
 
MY dearest Rival, least our Love 
Should with excentrique motion move, 
Before it learn to go astray, 
Wee'l teach and set it in a way, 
And such directions give unto't,         5
That it shall never wander foot. 
Know first then, we will serve as true 
For one poor smile, as we would do 
If we had what our higher flame, 
Or our vainer wish could frame.  10
Impossible shall be our hope; 
And Love shall onely have his scope 
To joyn with Fancy now and then, 
And think what reason would condemn: 
And on these grounds wee'l love as true,  15
As if they were most sure t'ensue: 
And chastly for these things wee'l stay, 
As if to morrow were the day. 
Mean time we two will teach our hearts 
In Loves burdens bear their parts:  20
Thou first shall sigh, and say shee's fair; 
And I'le still answer, past compare. 
Thou shalt set out each part o' th face, 
While I extol each little grace; 
Thou shalt be ravisht at her wit;  25
And I, that she so governs it: 
Thou shalt like well that hand, that eye, 
That lip, that look, that majesty; 
And in good language them adore: 
While I want words, and do it more.  30
Yea we will sit and sigh a while, 
And with soft thoughts some time beguile; 
But straight again break out and praise 
All we had done before new-waies. 
Thus will we do till paler death  35
Come with a warrant for our breath, 
And then whose fate shall be to die 
First of us two, by Legacy 
Shall all his store bequeath, and give 
His love to him that shall survive;  40
For no one stock can ever serve 
To love so much as shee'l deserve. 
 
 
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