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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
If the Quick Spirits in Your Eye
By Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)
 
IF the quick spirits in your eye
Now languish and anon must die;
If every sweet and every grace
Must fly from that forsaken face;
  Then, Celia, let us reap our joys        5
  Ere Time such goodly fruit destroys.
 
Or if that golden fleece must grow
For ever free from agèd snow;
If those bright suns must know no shade,
Nor your fresh beauties ever fade;        10
  Then fear not, Celia, to bestow
  What, still being gathered, still must grow.
 
Thus either Time his sickle brings
In vain, or else in vain his wings.
 
 
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