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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
52. Cupid and Campaspe
 
John Lyly (1553–1606)
 
 
CUPID and my Campaspe play’d
At cards for kisses—Cupid paid:
He stakes his quiver, bow, and arrows,
His mother’s doves, and team of sparrows;
Loses them too; then down he throws        5
The coral of his lip, the rose
Growing on’s cheek (but none knows how);
With these, the crystal of his brow,
And then the dimple of his chin:
All these did my Campaspe win.        10
At last he set her both his eyes—
She won, and Cupid blind did rise.
  O Love! has she done this for thee?
  What shall, alas! become of me?
 

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