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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
See’st Not, My Love, with What a Grace
By William Bosworth (1607–1650?)
 
SEE’ST 1 not, my love, with what a grace
The Spring resembles thy sweet face?
Here let us sit, and in these bowers
Receive the odours of the flowers,
For Flora, by thy beauty woo’d, conspires thy good.        5
 
See how she sends her fragrant sweet,
And doth this homage to thy feet,
Bending so low her stooping head
To kiss the ground where thou dost tread,
And all her flowers proudly meet, to kiss thy feet.        10
 
Then let us walk, my dearest love,
And on this carpet strictly prove
Each other’s vow; from thy request
No other love invades my breast.
For how can I contemn that fire which Gods admire?        15
 
To crop that rose why dost thou seek,
When there’s a purer in thy cheek?
Like coral held in thy fair hands,
Or blood and milk that mingled stands:
To whom the Powers and grace have given, a type of Heaven.        20
 
Yon lily stooping t’wards this place,
Is a pale shadow for thy face,
Under which veil doth seem to rush
Modest Endymion’s ruddy blush.
A blush, indeed, more pure and fair than lilies are.        25
 
Glance on those flowers thy radiant eyes,
Through which clear beams they’ll sympathise
Reflective love, to make them far
More glorious than th’ Hesperian star,
For every swain amazèd lies, and gazing dies.        30
 
See how these silly flowers twine,
With sweet embracings, and combine,
Striving with curious looms to set
Their pale and red into a net,
To show how pure desire doth rest for ever blest.        35
 
Why wilt thou then unconstant be?
T’ infringe the laws of amity,
And so much disrespect my heart
To derogate from what thou art?
When in harmonious love there is Elysian bliss.        40
 
Note 1. From Arcadius and Sephra, Bk. II., in the Story of Delithason and Verista. [back]
 
 
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