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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Abraham Cowley
 
61. The Change
 
LOVE in her Sunny Eyes does basking play; 
      Love walks the pleasant Mazes of her Hair; 
Love does on both her Lips for ever stray; 
And sows and reaps a thousand kisses there. 
In all her outward parts Love 's always seen;         5
      But, oh, He never went within. 
  
Within Love's foes, his greatest foes abide, 
      Malice, Inconstancy, and Pride. 
So the Earths face, Trees, Herbs, and Flowers do dress, 
      With other beauties numberless:  10
But at the Center, Darkness is, and Hell; 
There wicked Spirits, and there the Damned dwell. 
  
With me alas, quite contrary it fares; 
Darkness and Death lies in my weeping eyes, 
Despair and Paleness in my face appears,  15
And Grief, and Fear, Love's greatest Enemies; 
But, like the Persian-Tyrant, Love within 
      Keeps his proud Court, and ne're is seen. 
  
Oh take my Heart, and by that means you'll prove 
      Within too stor'd enough of Love:  20
Give me but Yours, I'll by that change so thrive, 
      That Love in all my parts shall live. 
So powerful is this change, it render can, 
My outside Woman, and your inside Man. 
 
 
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