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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
239. To Lucasta, Going Beyond the Seas
 
Richard Lovelace (1618–1658)
 
 
    IF to be absent were to be
            Away from thee;
        Or that when I am gone
        You or I were alone;
    Then, my Lucasta, might I crave        5
Pity from blustering wind, or swallowing wave.
 
    But I’ll not sigh one blast or gale
            To swell my sail,
        Or pay a tear to ’suage
        The foaming blue god’s rage;        10
    For whether he will let me pass
Or no, I’m still as happy as I was.
 
    Though seas and land betwixt us both,
            Our faith and troth,
        Like separated souls,        15
        All time and space controls:
    Above the highest sphere we meet
Unseen, unknown, and greet as Angels greet.
 
    So then we do anticipate
            Our after-fate,        20
        And are alive i’ the skies,
        If thus our lips and eyes
    Can speak like spirits unconfined
In Heaven, their earthly bodies left behind.
 

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