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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Richard Lovelace
 
47. To Lucasta
Going to the Warres
 
TELL me not (Sweet) I am unkinde, 
  That from the Nunnerie 
Of thy chaste breast, and quiet minde, 
  To Warre and Armes I flie. 
  
True; a new Mistresse now I chase,         5
  The first Foe in the Field; 
And with a stronger Faith imbrace 
  A Sword, a Horse, a Shield. 
  
Yet this Inconstancy is such, 
  As you too shall adore;  10
I could not love thee (Deare) so much, 
  Lov'd I not Honour more. 
 
 
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