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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
237. To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars
 
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 Honour more.
 

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