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CYNTHIADES: TO CYNTHIA ON HIS ABSENCE FROM HER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Till now I doubted whether love, or sight
Last Line: Shalt be the subject of love's innocence.
Subject(s): Absence; Love; Separation; Isolation


TILL now I doubted whether love, or sight
Of thy dear beauties, Cynthia, did invite
My hand to write, or did beget a line,
That did express my heart was wholly thine:
But now I am resolv'd, 'twas not thy face,
Thy lovely shape, or any outward grace
Mov'd me to write, for if that those had been
The cause, they must have oftentimes been seen;
Else my long absence, like a sponge, would blot
Those beauties, which not seen, would be forgot:
But thy rare parts of mind, which I adore,
Once seen, that's understood, they need no more;
Or new, or frequent visits to repair
My memory, or make thee a fresh fair:
No absence from thee shall have the effect,
As make me not to love, or not respect:
Visits are needless, since they only be
Subjects of fool's discourse, or jealousy:
Then think me like to those are us'd to talk
When they are fast asleep, who rise and walk
As well as if they wak'd, do all things right
As if they us'd their eyes, or had a light:
Even so will I turn dreamer, and desire
Nor sight, nor light, but Love's internal fire,
So thou (although no object of my sense)
Shalt be the subject of Love's innocence.





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