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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
233. Give Me More Love
 
Thomas Carew (1595(?)–1639(?))
 
 
GIVE me more love, or more disdain;
  The torrid or the frozen zone
Bring equal ease unto my pain;
  The temperate affords me none:
Either extreme, of love or hate,        5
Is sweeter than a calm estate.
 
Give me a storm; if it be love—
  Like Danaë in that golden shower,
I’ll swim in pleasure; if it prove
  Disdain, that torrent will devour        10
My vulture hopes; and he’s possessed
Of heaven, that’s from hell released.
Then crown my joys, or cure my pain;
Give me more love, or more disdain.
 

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