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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To Chloe
By William Cartwright (1611–1643)
 
Who for his sake wished herself younger

THERE are two births; the one when light
  First strikes the new awaken’d sense;
The other when two souls unite,
  And we must count our life from thence:
When you loved me and I loved you        5
Then both of us were born anew.
 
Love then to us new souls did give
  And in those souls did plant new powers;
Since when another life we live,
  The breath we breathe is his, not ours:        10
Love makes those young whom age doth chill,
And whom he finds young keeps young still.
 
 
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