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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To Lucasta, Going beyond the Seas
By Richard Lovelace (1618–1658)
 
  IF to be absent were to be
        Away from thee;
      Or that? when I am gone
      You or I were alone;
  Then, my Lucasta, might I crave        5
Pity from blustering wind or swallowing wave.
 
  But I’ll not sigh one blast or gale
        To swell my sail,
      Or pay a tear to ’suage
      The foaming blue-god’s rage;        10
  For whether he will let me pass
Or no, I’m still as happy as I was.
 
  Though seas and land betwixt us both,
        Our faith and troth,
      Like separated souls,        15
      All time and space controls:
  Above the highest sphere we meet
Unseen, unknown; and greet as Angels greet.
 
  So then we do anticipate
        Our after-fate,        20
      And are alive i’ the skies,
      If thus our lips and eyes
  Can speak like spirits unconfined
In Heaven, their earthly bodies left behind.
 
 
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