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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Richard Lovelace
 
46. To Lucasta
Going beyond the Seas
 
IF to be absent were to be 
      Away from thee; 
    Or that when I am gone, 
    You or I were alone; 
Then my Lucasta might I crave         5
Pity from blustring winde, or swallowing wave. 
  
But I'le not sigh one blast or gale 
      To swell my saile, 
    Or pay a teare to swage 
    The foaming blew-Gods rage;  10
For whether he will let me passe 
Or no, I'm still as happy as I was. 
  
Though Seas and Land be 'twixt us both, 
      Our Faith and Troth, 
    Like separated soules,  15
    All time and space controules: 
Above the highest sphere wee meet 
Unseene, unknowne, and greet as Angels greet. 
  
So then we doe anticipate 
      Our after-fate,  20
    And are alive i' th' skies 
    If thus our lips and eyes 
Can speake like spirits unconfin'd 
In Heav'n, their earthy bodies left behind. 
 
 
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