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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Katherine Philips
 
67. To my Excellent Lucasia, on our Friendship
 
I DID not live until this time 
  Crown'd my felicity, 
When I could say without a crime, 
  I am not thine, but Thee. 
  
This Carcass breath'd, and walkt, and slept,         5
  So that the World believ'd 
There was a Soul the Motions kept; 
  But they were all deceiv'd. 
  
For as a Watch by art is wound 
  To motion, such was mine:  10
But never had Orinda found 
  A Soul till she found thine; 
  
Which now inspires, cures and supplies, 
  And guides my darkned Breast: 
For thou art all that I can prize,  15
  My Joy, my Life, my Rest. 
  
No Bridegrooms nor Crown-conquerors mirth 
  To mine compar'd can be: 
They have but pieces of this Earth, 
  I've all the World in thee.  20
  
Then let our Flames still light and shine, 
  And no false fear controul, 
As innocent as our Design, 
  Immortal as our Soul. 
 
 
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