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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Cards and Kisses
By John Lyly (1555?–1606)
 
CUPID 1 and my Campaspe play’d
At cards for kisses—Cupid paid:
He stakes his quiver, bow, and arrows,
His mother’s doves, and team of sparrows;
Loses them too; then down he throws        5
The coral of his lip, the rose
Growing on ’s cheek (but none knows how);
With these, the crystal of his brow,
And then the dimple of his chin:
All these did my Campaspe win.        10
At last he set her both his eyes—
She won, and Cupid blind did rise.
    O Love! has she done this for thee?
    What shall, alas! become of me?
 
Note 1. From Alexander and Campaspe, acted, it is surmised, at Court, 1581. [back]
 
 
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