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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Charis’ Triumph (from Underwoods)
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
          [One of the ten pieces forming A Celebration of Charis in Underwoods. The last two stanzas are sung or said by Wittipol in The Devil is an Ass (acted 1616), Act II, Sc. 2.]

SEE the chariot at hand here of Love,
    Wherein my Lady rideth!
Each that draws is a swan or a dove,
    And well the car Love guideth.
As she goes, all hearts do duty        5
        Unto her beauty;
And enamoured do wish, so they might
        But enjoy such a sight,
That they still were to run by her side,
Through swords, through seas, whither she would ride.        10
 
Do but look on her eyes, they do light
    All that Love’s world compriseth!
Do but look on her hair, it is bright
    As Love’s star when it riseth!
Do but mark, her forehead’s smoother        15
        Than words that soothe her;
And from her arched brows, such a grace
        Sheds itself through the face,
As alone there triumphs to the life
All the gain, all the good of the elements’ strife.        20
 
Have you seen but a bright lily grow
Before rude hands have touched it?
Have you marked but the fall o’ the snow
    Before the soil hath smutched it?
Have you felt the wool of beaver?        25
        Or swan’s down ever?
Or have smelt o’ the bud o’ the briar?
        Or the nard in the fire?
Or have tasted the bag of the bee?
O so white,—O so soft,—O so sweet is she!        30
 
 
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