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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
A Deposition from Love
By Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)
 
I WAS foretold your rebel sex
    Nor love, nor pity knew,
And with what scorn you use to vex
    Poor hearts that humbly sue;
Yet I believed, to crown our pain,        5
    Could we the fortress win,
The happy lover sure should gain
    A paradise within.
I thought Love’s plagues, like dragons, sate,
Only to fright us at the gate.        10
 
But I did enter and enjoy
    What happy lovers prove,
For I could kiss, and sport and toy,
    And taste those sweets of love,
Which, if they had a lasting state,        15
    Or if in Celia’s breast
The force of love might not abate,
    Jove were too mean a guest.
But now her breach of faith far more
Afflicts, than did her scorn before.        20
 
Hard fate! to have been once possessed
    As victor of a heart,
Achieved with labour and unrest,
    And then forced to depart;
If the stout foe will not resign,        25
    When I besiege a town,
I lose but what was never mine,
    But he that is cast down
From enjoyed beauty, feels a woe
Only deposëd kings can know.        30
 
 
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