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MY CHASTE MISTRESS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When I too sweet an ardour press
Last Line: Its paragon of sinners.
Subject(s): Chastity

WHEN I too sweet an ardour press
Upon my saint's condition,
So pitiful is her distress,
I straight am all contrition.

If suddenly within me move
The angels of temptation,
She tells me lust is lack of love
And weeps for my salvation.

So in the difference of kind
Our young delight must smother --
O Love, some sweet conversion find
At least of one or t'other.

Hereafter my desires be cold
With saints and gospel-spinners,
Or let the time in her behold
Its paragon of sinners.

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