Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MY PICTURE, by ABRAHAM COWLEY

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MY PICTURE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here, take my likeness with you, whilst 'tis so
Last Line: Who then shalt but my picture's picture be.
Subject(s): Portraits


HEre, take my likenesse with you, whilst 'tis so;
For when from hence you go,
The next Sun's rising will behold
Me pale, and lean, and old.
The Man, who did this Picture draw,
Will swear next day my face he never saw.


I really beleeve, within a while,
If you upon this shadow smile,
Your presence will such vigour give,
(Your presence which makes all things live)
And absence so much alter Mee,
This will the substance, I the shadow be.


When from your well-wrought Cabinet you take it,
And your bright looks awake it;
Ah be not frighted, if you see
The new-soul'd Picture gaze on Thee,
And hear it breath a sigh or two;
For those are the first things that it will doe.


My Rivall Image will be then thought blest,
And laugh at me as dispossesst:
But Thou, who (if I know thee right)
I' th' substance doth not much delight,
Wilt rather send again for Mee,
Who then shalt but my Picture's Picture be.

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