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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
John Hall
 
52. The Call
 
            ROMIRA, stay, 
And run not thus like a young Roe away, 
            No enemie 
Pursues thee (foolish girle) tis onely I, 
            I'le keep off harms,         5
If thou'l be pleas'd to garrison mine arms; 
            What dost thou fear 
I'le turn a Traitour? may these Roses here 
            To palenesse shred, 
And Lilies stand disguised in new Red,  10
            If that I lay 
A snare, wherein thou wouldst not gladly stay; 
            See see the Sunne 
Does slowly to his azure Lodging run, 
            Come sit but here  15
And presently hee'l quit our Hemisphere, 
            So still among 
Lovers, time is too short or else too long; 
            Here will we spin 
Legends for them that have Love Martyrs been,  20
            Here on this plain 
Wee'l talk Narcissus to a flour again; 
            Come here, and chose 
On which of these proud plats thou would repose, 
            Here maist thou shame  25
The rusty Violets, with the Crimson flame 
            Of either cheek, 
And Primroses white as thy fingers seek, 
            Nay, thou maist prove 
That mans most Noble Passion is to Love.  30
 
 
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