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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Thomas Stanley
 
56. La Belle Confidente
 
YOU earthly Souls that court a wanton flame, 
        Whose pale weak influence 
Can rise no higher then the humble name 
        And narrow laws of Sence, 
      Learn by our friendship to create         5
        An immaterial fire, 
      Whose brightnesse Angels may admire, 
        But cannot emulate. 
  
Sicknesse may fright the roses from her cheek, 
        Or make the Lilies fade,  10
But all the subtile wayes that death doth seek 
        Cannot my love invade: 
      Flames that are kindled by the eye, 
        Through time and age expire; 
      But ours that boast a reach far higher  15
        Can nor decay, nor die. 
  
For when we must resign our vital breath, 
        Our Loves by Fate benighted, 
We by this friendship shall survive in death, 
        Even in divorce united.  20
      Weak Love through fortune or distrust 
        In time forgets to burn, 
      But this pursues us to the Urn, 
        And marries either's Dust. 
 
 
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