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TO CHARIESSA, BEHOLDING HERSELF IN A GLASS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Cast, chariessa, cast that glass away
Last Line: Learn how to love thyself in loving me.
Subject(s): Self-love


CAST, Chariessa, cast that glass away,
Nor in its crystal face thine own survey.
What can be free from Love's imperious laws
When painted shadows real flames can cause?
The fires may burn thee from this mirror rise
By the reflected beams of thine own eyes;
And thus at last, fallen with thyself in love,
Thou wilt my rival, thine own martyr prove.
But if thou dost desire thy form to view,
Look in my heart where Love thy picture drew;
And then, if pleased with thine own shape thou be,
Learn how to love thyself in loving me.





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