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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Wishes. To His Supposed Mistress
By Richard Crashaw (c. 1613–1649)
 
WHOE’ER she be,
That not impossible she
That shall command my heart and me;
 
Where’er she lie,
Lock’d up from mortall eye,        5
In shady leaves of Destiny;
 
Till that ripe birth
Of studied Fate stand forth,
And teach her fair steps tread our Earth;
 
Till that divine        10
Idea, take a shrine
Of crystal flesh, through which to shine;
 
Meet you her, my wishes,
Bespeak her to my blisses,
And be ye call’d, my absent kisses.        15
 
I wish her, beauty
That owes not all its duty
To gaudy tire or glistring shoe tie.
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A face that ’s best
By its own beauty drest,        20
And can alone commend the rest.
*        *        *        *        *
A cheek where Youth,
And blood, with pen of Truth
Write, what their reader sweetly ru’th.
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Lips, where all day        25
A lover’s kiss may play,
Yet carry nothing thence away.
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Eyes, that displace
The neighbour diamond, and out-face
That sunshine, by their own sweet grace.        30
 
Tresses, that wear
Jewels, but to declare
How much themselves more precious are.
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Days, that need borrow,
No part of their good morrow,        35
From a forespent night of sorrow.
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Life, that dares send
A challenge to his end,
And when it comes say, Welcome friend!
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I wish her store        40
Of worth may leave her poor
Of wishes; and I wish—no more.
 
Now if Time knows
That her, whose radiant brows
Weave them a garland of my vows;        45
 
Her that dares be,
What these lines wish to see:
I seek no further: it is she.
 
 
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