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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Sir John Suckling
 
35. Sonnet
 
OH! for some honest Lovers ghost, 
          Some kind unbodied post 
          Sent from the shades below. 
          I strangely long to know 
Whether the nobler Chaplets wear,         5
Those that their mistresse scorn did bear, 
          Or those that were us'd kindly. 
  
For what-so-e're they tell us here 
          To make those sufferings dear, 
          'Twill there I fear be found,  10
          That to the being crown'd, 
T' have lov'd alone will not suffice, 
Unlesse we also have been wise, 
          And have our Loves enjoy'd. 
  
What posture can we think him in,  15
          That here unlov'd agen 
          Departs, and 's thither gone 
          Where each sits by his own? 
Or how can that Elizium be 
Where I my Mistresse still must see  20
          Circled in others Armes? 
  
For there the Judges all are just, 
          And Sophonisba must 
          Be his whom she held dear; 
          Not his who lov'd her here:  25
The sweet Philoclea since she dy'de 
Lies by her Pirocles his side, 
          Not by Amphialus. 
  
Some Bayes (perchance) or Myrtle bough, 
          For difference crowns the brow  30
          Of those kind souls that were 
          The noble Martyrs here; 
And if that be the onely odds 
(As who can tell) ye kinder Gods, 
          Give me the Woman here.  35
 
 
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