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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Thomas Stanley
 
57. The Divorce
 
DEAR, back my wounded heart restore, 
  And turn away thy powerful eyes 
Flatter my willing soul no more, 
  Love must not hope what Fate denies. 
  
Take, take away thy smiles and kisses,         5
  Thy Love wounds deeper then Disdain, 
For he that sees the Heaven he misses, 
  Sustains two Hels, of losse and pain. 
  
Shouldst thou some others suit prefer, 
  I might return thy scorn to thee,  10
And learn Apostasie of her 
  Who taught me first Idolatry. 
  
Or in thy unrelenting breast 
  Should I disdain or coynesse move, 
He by thy hate might be releas't,  15
  Who now is prisoner to thy love. 
  
Since then unkind Fate will divorce 
  Those whom Affection long united, 
Be thou as cruel as this force, 
  And I in death shall be delighted.  20
  
Thus whilst so many suppliants woe 
  And beg they may thy pitty prove, 
I onely for thy scorn do sue, 
  'Tis charity here not to love. 
 
 
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