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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
To Lucasta
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 honor more.
 
 
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