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TO A LADY THAT DESIRED I WOULD LOVE HER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now you have freely given me leave to love
Last Line: You but unlock, so we each other bless.
Subject(s): Love


Now you have freely given me leave to love,
What will you do?
Shall I your mirth, or passion move,
When I begin to woo;
Will you torment, or scorn, or love me too?
Each petty beauty can disdain, and I
Spight of your hate
Without your leave can see, and die;
Dispence a nobler Fate!
Tis easie to destroy, you may create.
Then give me leave to love, & love me too
Not with designe
To raise, as Loves curst Rebels doe,
When puling Poets whine,
Fame to their beauty, from their blubbr'd eyn.
Grief is a puddle, and reflects not clear
Your beauties rayes;
Joyes are pure streames, your eyes appear
Sullen in sadder layes;
In cheerfull numbers they shine bright with prayse,
Which shall not mention to express you fayr,
Wounds, flames, and darts,
Storms in your brow, nets in your hair,
Suborning all your parts,
Or to betray, or torture captive hearts.
I'll make your eyes like morning Suns appear,
As mild, and fair;
Your brow as Crystall smooth, and clear,
And your dishevell'd hair
Shall flow like a calm Region of the Air.
Rich Nature's store, (which is the Poet's Treasure)
I'll spend, to dress
Your beauties, if your mine of Pleasure
In equall thankfulness
You but unlock, so we each other bless.






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