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Lo! all these trophies of affections hot,
“ Of pensiv'd and subdu'd desires the tender,
“ Nature hath charg'd me that I hoard them not,
“ But yield them up where I myself mult render,
“ That is, to you, my origin and ender;
“ For these, of force, must your oblations be,
6. Since I their altar, you enpatron me.
“O then advance of yours that phraseless hand, 225
“Whose white weighs down the airy scale of praise ;
“ Take all these fimiles to your own command,
“ Hallow'd with sighs that burning lungs did raise ;
“ What me your minister, for you obeys,
“ Works under you; and to your audit comes 23
“ Their distract parcels in combined lums.
" Lo! this device was sent me from a nun,
“ Or sitter fanctified of holiest note,
“ Which late her noble suit in court did shun,
" Whose rarest havings made the blessings dote; 235
“ For she was fought by spirits of richest coat,
“ But kept cold distance, and did thence remove,
To spend her living in eternal love.
But O, my sweet, what labour is't to leave
“ The thing we have not, mastering what no
" Itrives?

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“ Playing the place which did no form receive,
“ Playing patient sports in unconstrained gyves :
“ She that her fame so to herself contrives,
“ The scars of battle scapeth by the flight, 244
“ And makes her absence valiant, not her might.
O pardon me, in that my boast is true ;
“ The accident which brought me to her eye,
“ Upon the moment did her force fubdue,
“ And now she would the caged cloister fly:
“ Religious love put out religion's eye :

259 5 Not to be tempted, would she be enmurd, "And now, to tempt all, liberty procur’d.

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“ How mighty then you are, O hear me tell !
66 The broken bosoms that to me belong,
“ Have emptied all their fountains in my

well, 255 " And mine I pour your ocean all among : “ I trong o'er them, and you o'er me being strong, “ Must for your victory us all congelt, As compound love to physic your cold breast. My parts

had

power to charm a sacred fun, 260 " Who disciplin'd and dieted in grace, “ Believ'd her eyes when I the assail begun, “ All vows and consecrations giving place. “ O most potential love! vow, bond, nor space, “ In thee hath neither sting, knot, nor confine,

265 “ For thou art all, and all things else are thine. “ When thou impresselt, what are precepts worth “ Of Itale example? When thou wilt inflame, “ How coldly those impediments stand forth « Of wealth, of filial fear, law, kindred fame? 270 Love's arms are peace, 'gainst rule, 'gainst fenfe,

“ 'gainst shame. " And sweetens, in the suffering pangs it bears, " The aloes of all forces, shocks, and fears. “ Now all these hearts that do on mine depend, " Feeling it break, with bleeding groans they pine, “ And fupplicant their fighs to you extend, 276 “ To leave the battery that you make 'gainst mine, " Lending soft audience to my sweet delign, “ And credent foul to that strong-bonded oath, “ That shall prefer and undertake my

troth."

280 This faid, his watery eyes he did dismount, Whose fights till then were levellidon my face; Each cheek a river running from a fount With brinith current downward flow'd

apace : how the Channel to the stream gave grace 285 Who, glaz'd with chryftal, gate the glowing roses That flame through water which their bue incloses.

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father, what a hell of witchcraft lies
In the small orb of one particular tear ?
But with the inundation of the eyes

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What rocky heart to water will not wear ?
What brealt so cold that is not warmed here?
O cleft effe&t! cold modesty, hot wrath,
Both fire froin hence and chill extincture hath!
For lo! his passion, but an art of craft,

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Even there resolv'd my reason into tears ;
There

my

white stole of chastity I daft,
Shook off my sober guards and civil fears,
Appear to him, as he to me appears,

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All melting ; though our drops this difference bore,
His poison'd me, and mine did him restore.
In him a plenitude of subtle matter,
Applied to cautels, all strange forms receives,
Of burning blushes, or of weeping water,
Or swooning paleneis ; and he takes and leaves,

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In either's aptness as it best deceives,
To blush at speeches rank, to weep at woes,
Or to turn white, and swoon at tragic Mews.
That not a heart which in his level came,
Could 'scape the hail of his all-hurting aim, 305
Shewing fair nature is both wild and tame;
And veil'd in them did win whom he would maim,
Against the thing he fought, he would exclaim
When he most burnt in heart-wish'd luxury,
He preach'd pure maid, and prais'd cold chastity. 310
Thus merely with the garment of a grace,
The naked and concealed fiend he cover'd,
That the unexperienced gave the temper place,
Which like a cherubim above them hover'd :
Who young and simple would not be so lover'd ? 315
Ah me! I fell, and yet do question make,
What I should do again for such a fake.
Oh! that infected moisture of his eye !
Oh that falle fire which in his cheek so glow'd

Oh! that forc'd thunder, from his heart did fly! 320
Oh! that fad breath, his {pungy lungs bestow'd!
Oh! all that borrow'd motion leeming owed !
Would yet again betray the fore-betray'd,
And new pervert a reconciled maid.

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