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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To His Inconstant Mistress
By Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)
 
WHEN 1 thou, poor Excommunicate
  From all the joys of Love, shalt see
The full reward and glorious fate
  Which my strong faith shall purchase me,
  Then curse thine own inconstancy!        5
 
A fairer hand than thine shall cure
  That heart which thy false oaths did wound;
And to my soul a soul more pure
  Than thine shall by Love’s hand be bound,
  And both with equal glory crowned.        10
 
Then shalt thou weep, entreat, complain
  To Love, as I did once to thee;
When all thy tears shall be in vain
  As mine were then: for thou shalt be
  Damn’d for thy false apostasy.        15
 
Note 1. The first and third stanzas of this poem were set to music by Henry Lawes in Ayres and Dialogues, 1653. [back]
 
 
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