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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
232. Know, Celia
 
Thomas Carew (1595(?)–1639(?))
 
 
KNOW, Celia, since thou art so proud,
  ’Twas I that gave thee thy renown;
Thou hadst in the forgotten crowd
  Of common beauties lived unknown,
Had not my verse extoll’d thy name,        5
And with it imp’d the wings of Fame.
 
That killing power is none of thine:
  I gave it to thy voice and eyes;
Thy sweets, thy graces, all are mine;
  Thou art my star, shin’st in my skies;        10
Then dart not from thy borrowed sphere
Lightning on him that fixed thee there.
 
Tempt me with such affrights no more,
  Lest what I made I uncreate;
Let fools thy mystic forms adore,        15
  I know thee in thy mortal state:
Wise poets, that wrapt Truth in tales,
Knew her themselves through all her veils.
 

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