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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Going to the Wars
By Richard Lovelace (1618–1658)
 
TELL me not, sweet, I am unkind,
  That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
  To war and arms I fly.
 
True, a new mistress now I chase,        5
  The first foe in the field,
And with a stronger faith embrace
  A sword, a horse, a shield.
 
Yet this inconstancy is such
  As you too shall adore,—        10
I could not love thee, dear, so much,
  Loved I not honour more.
 
 
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