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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
R. Crashaw
 
LXXIX. Wishes for the Supposed Mistress
 
WHOE'ER she be, 
That not impossible She 
That shall command my heart and me; 
  
Where'er she lie, 
Lock'd up from mortal eye         5
In shady leaves of destiny: 
  
Till that ripe birth 
Of studied Fate stand forth, 
And teach her fair steps to our earth; 
  
Till that divine  10
Idea take a shrine 
Of crystal flesh, through which to shine: 
  
—Meet you her, my wishes, 
Bespeak her to my blisses, 
And be ye call'd, my absent kisses.  15
  
I wish her beauty 
That owes not all its duty 
To gaudy tire, or glist'ring shoe-tie: 
  
Something more than 
Taffeta or tissue can,  20
Or rampant feather, or rich fan. 
  
A face that's best 
By its own beauty drest, 
And can alone commend the rest— 
  
A face made up  25
Out of no other shop 
Than what Nature's white hand sets ope. 
  
Sidneian showers 
Of sweet discourse, whose powers 
Can crown old Winter's head with flowers.  30
  
Whate'er delight 
Can make day's forehead bright 
Or give down to the wings of night. 
  
Soft silken hours, 
Open suns, shady bowers;  35
'Bove all, nothing within that lowers. 
  
Days, that need borrow 
No part of their good morrow 
From a fore-spent night of sorrow— 
  
Days, that in spite  40
Of darkness, by the light 
Of a clear mind are day all night. 
  
Life, that dares send 
A challenge to his end, 
And when it comes, say, "Welcome, friend."  45
  
I wish her store 
Of worth may leave her poor 
Of wishes; and I wish——no more. 
  
—Now, if Time knows 
That Her, whose radiant brows  50
Weave them a garland of my vows— 
  
Her that dares be 
What these lines wish to see: 
I seek no further, it is She. 
  
'Tis She, and here  55
Lo! I unclothe and clear 
My wishes' cloudy character. 
  
Such worth as this is 
Shall fix my flying wishes, 
And determine them to kisses.  60
  
Let her full glory, 
My fancies, fly before ye; 
Be ye my fictions:—but her story. 
 
 
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