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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Ladies, Farewell, I Must Retire
By James Howard (c. 1640–1669)
 
LADIES, 1 farewell, I must retire:
Though I your faces all admire
And think you heavens in your kinds,
Some for beauties, some for minds;
If I stay and fall in love,        5
One of these heavens hell would prove.
 
Could I know one and she not know it,
Perhaps I then might undergo it;
But if the least she guess my mind,
Straight in a circle I’m confined:        10
By this I see who once doth dote
Must wear a woman’s livery coat.
 
Therefore, this danger to prevent,
And still to keep my heart’s content,
Into the country I’ll with speed,        15
With hounds and hawks my fancy feed:
Both safer pleasures to pursue
Than staying to converse with you.
 
Note 1. From The English Monsieur, 1674. [back]
 
 
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