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TO MOST NOBLE, AND ABOVE HIS TITLES, ROBERT, EARL SOMERSET, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: They are not those, are present with their face
Last Line: Sure, this glad pair were married, but this day.
Subject(s): Carr, Robert. Earl Of Somerset; Rochester, Viscount (159-1645)


They are not those, are present with their face,
And clothes, and gifts, that only do thee grace
At these thy nuptials; but, whose heart, and thought
Do wait upon thee: and their love not bought.
Such wear true wedding robes, and are true friends,
That bid, God give thee joy, and have no ends.
Which I do, early, virtuous Somerset,
And pray, thy joys as lasting be, as great.
Not only this, but every day of thine,
With the same look, or with a better, shine.
May she, whom thou for spouse, today, dost take,
Outbe that Wife, in worth, thy friend did make:
And thou to her, that Husband, may exalt
Hymen's amends, to make it worth his fault.
So, be there never discontent, or sorrow,
To rise with either of you, on the morrow.
So, be your concord, still, as deep, as mute;
And every joy, in marriage, turn a fruit.
So, may those marriage-pledges, comforts prove:
And every birth increase the heat of love.
So, in their number, may you never see
Mortality, till you immortal be.
And when your years rise more, than would be told,
Yet neither of you seem to the other old.
That all, that view you then, and late; may say,
Sure, this glad pair were married, but this day.





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