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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Thomas Carew
 
29. Ingratefull beauty threatned
 
KNOW Celia, (since thou art so proud,) 
  'Twas I that gave thee thy renown: 
Thou hadst, in the forgotten crowd 
    Of common beauties, liv'd unknown, 
Had not my verse exhal'd thy name,         5
And with it ympt the wings of fame. 
  
That killing power is none of thine, 
  I gave it to thy voyce, and eyes: 
Thy sweets, thy graces, all are mine; 
  Thou art my star, shin'st in my skies;  10
Then dart not from thy borrowed sphere 
Lightning on him that fixt thee there. 
  
Tempt me with such affrights no more, 
  Lest what I made, I uncreate: 
Let fools thy mystique forms adore,  15
  Ile know thee in thy mortall state; 
Wise Poets that wrap'd Truth in tales, 
Knew her themselves through all her vailes. 
 
 
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