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TO MY COUSIN CAREW RALEGH MARRYING MY LADY ALTHAM, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: Happy youth! That shalt possess
Last Line: Oft destroy both smell and sight.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives

HAPPY youth! that shalt possess
Such a spring-tide of delight,
As the sated appetite
Shall, enjoying such excess,
Wish the flood of pleasure less;
When the hymeneal rite
Is perform'd, invoke the night,
That it may in shadows dress
Thy too real happiness:
Else (as Semele) the bright
Deity, in her full might,
May thy feeble soul oppress.
Strong perfumes and glaring light
Oft destroy both smell and sight.

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