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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
231. Ask Me No More
 
Thomas Carew (1595(?)–1639(?))
 
 
ASK me no more where Jove bestows,
When June is past, the fading rose;
For in your beauty’s orient deep
These flowers, as in their causes, sleep.
 
Ask me no more whither do stray        5
The golden atoms of the day;
For in pure love did heaven prepare
Those powders to enrich your hair.
 
Ask me no more whither doth haste
The nightingale when May is past;        10
For in your sweet dividing throat
She winters and keeps warm her note.
 
Ask me no more where those stars ’light
That downwards fall in dead of night;
For in your eyes they sit, and there        15
Fixèd become as in their sphere.
 
Ask me no more if east or west
The Phœnix builds her spicy nest;
For unto you at last she flies,
And in your fragrant bosom dies.        20
 

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