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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
John Hall
 
53. An Epicurean Ode
 
SINCE that this thing we call the world 
By chance on Atomes is begot, 
Which though in dayly motions hurld, 
                    Yet weary not, 
                    How doth it prove         5
Thou art so fair and I in Love? 
  
Since that the soul doth onely lie 
Immers'd in matter, chaind in sense, 
How can Romira thou and I 
                    With both dispence?  10
                    And thus ascend 
In higher flights then wings can lend. 
  
Since man's but pasted up of Earth, 
And ne're was cradled in the skies, 
What Terra Lemnia gave thee birth?  15
                    What Diamond eyes? 
                    Or thou alone 
To tell what others were, came down? 
 
 
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