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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song by Lady Happy, as a Sea-Goddess
By Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1624?–1674)
 
MY 1 cabinets are oyster-shells,
In which I keep my Orient pearls:
And modest coral I do wear,
Which blushes when it touches air.
 
On silver waves I sit and sing,        5
And then the fish lie listening:
Then resting on a rocky stone
I comb my hair with fishes bone:
 
The whilst Apollo with his beams
Doth dry my hair from soaking streams,        10
His light doth glaze the water’s face,
And make the sea my looking glass.
 
So when I swim on waters high,
I see myself as I glide by,
But when the sun begins to burn,        15
I back into my waters turn,
 
And dive unto the bottom low:
Then on my head the waters flow
In curlèd waves and circles round,
And thus with eddies I am crowned.        20
 
Note 1. From the Convent of Pleasure. [back]
 
 
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