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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
63. Phillis
 
Thomas Lodge (1558–1625)
 
 
LOVE guards the roses of thy lips
  And flies about them like a bee;
If I approach he forward skips,
  And if I kiss he stingeth me.
 
Love in thine eyes doth build his bower,        5
  And sleeps within their pretty shine;
And if I look the boy will lower,
  And from their orbs shoot shafts divine.
 
Love works thy heart within his fire,
  And in my tears doth firm the same;        10
And if I tempt it will retire,
  And of my plaints doth make a game.
 
Love, let me cull her choicest flowers;
  And pity me, and calm her eye;
Make soft her heart, dissolve her lowers;        15
  Then will I praise thy deity.
 
But if thou do not, Love, I’ll truly serve her
In spite of thee, and by firm faith deserve her.
 

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