Lucasta: The Poems of Richard Lovelace, Esquire, Volume 1

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Caxton club, 1921

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Page xiv - Yet great labour directed by great abilities is never wholly lost: if they frequently threw away their wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth: if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan it was at least necessary to read and think.
Page 138 - Prison When Love with unconfined wings Hovers within my gates. And my divine Althea brings To whisper at the grates; When I lie tangled in her hair And fetter'd to her eye. The birds that wanton in the air Know no such liberty.
Page 29 - TELL me not, Sweet, I am unkind That from the nunnery Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind, To war and arms I fly. True, a new mistress now I chase, The first foe in the field ; And with a stronger faith embrace A sword, a horse, a shield. Yet this inconstancy is such As you too shall adore; I could not love thee, Dear, so much, Loved I not Honour more.
Page 114 - And stick there everlasting day. Thus richer than untempted kings are we, That asking nothing, nothing need : Though lord of all what seas embrace, yet he That wants himself, is poor indeed.
Page 139 - The sweetnes, mercy, majesty, And glories of my King. When I shall voyce aloud, how good He is, how great should be, Inlarged winds, that curie the flood, Know no such liberty.
Page 139 - Stone Walls doe not a Prison make, Nor I'ron bars a Cage; Mindes innocent and quiet take That for an Hermitage; If I have freedome in my Love, And in my soule am free; Angels alone that sore above, Injoy such liberty.
Page 27 - To Lucasta, Going Beyond the Seas IF to be absent were to be Away from thee; Or that when I am gone You or I were alone ; Then, my Lucasta, might I crave Pity from blustering wind, or swallowing wave. But...
Page 98 - The floor lay pav'd with broken hearts. So did she move ; so did she sing Like the Harmonious spheres that bring Unto their Rounds their music's aid; Which she performed such a way, As all th' inamoured world will say The Graces danced, and Apollo play'd.
Page 114 - Thou best of men and friends! we will create A genuine summer in each other's breast; And spite of this cold time and frozen fate Thaw us a warm seat to our rest. Our sacred hearths shall burn eternally As vestal flames, the North-wind, he Shall strike his frost-stretched wings, dissolve and fly This Etna in epitome. Dropping December shall come weeping in, Bewail th...
Page 122 - See! what a clouded majesty! and eyes Whose glory through their mist doth brighter rise! See! what an humble bravery doth shine, And grief triumphant breaking through each line! How it commands the face! so sweet a scorn Never did happy misery adorn! So sacred a contempt! that others show To this, (o...

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