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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Richard Lovelace
 
49. The Scrutinie
 
WHY should you sweare I am forsworn, 
  Since thine I vow'd to be? 
Lady it is already Morn, 
  And 'twas last night I swore to thee 
That fond impossibility.         5
  
Have I not lov'd thee much and long, 
  A tedious twelve houres space? 
I must all other Beauties wrong, 
  And rob thee of a new imbrace; 
Could I still dote upon thy Face.  10
  
Not, but all joy in thy browne haire, 
  By others may be found; 
But I must search the black and faire 
  Like skilfull Minerallist's that sound 
For Treasure in un-plow'd-up ground.  15
  
Then, if when I have lov'd my round, 
  Thou prov'st the pleasant she; 
With spoyles of meaner Beauties crown'd, 
  I laden will returne to thee, 
Ev'n sated with Varietie.  20
 
 
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