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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
178. To Aurora
 
William Alexander, Earl of Stirling (1567(?)–1640)
 
 
O IF thou knew’st how thou thyself dost harm,
And dost prejudge thy bliss, and spoil my rest;
Then thou would’st melt the ice out of thy breast
And thy relenting heart would kindly warm.
 
O if thy pride did not our joys controul,        5
What world of loving wonders should’st thou see!
For if I saw thee once transform’d in me,
Then in thy bosom I would pour my soul;
 
Then all my thoughts should in thy visage shine,
And if that aught mischanced thou should’st not moan        10
Nor bear the burthen of thy griefs alone;
No, I would have my share in what were thine:
 
And whilst we thus should make our sorrows one,
This happy harmony would make them none.
 

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