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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Richard Lovelace. 1618–1658
344. 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         5
Pity from blustering wind or swallowing wave. 
    But I'll not sigh one blast or gale 
        To swell my sail, 
      Or pay a tear to 'suage 
      The foaming blue god's rage;  10
    For whether he will let me pass 
Or no, I'm still as happy as I was. 
    Though seas and land betwixt us both, 
        Our faith and troth, 
      Like separated souls,  15
      All time and space controls: 
    Above the highest sphere we meet 
Unseen, unknown; and greet as Angels greet. 
    So then we do anticipate 
        Our after-fate,  20
      And are alive i' the skies, 
      If thus our lips and eyes 
    Can speak like spirits unconfined 
In Heaven, their earthy bodies left behind. 

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