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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To Lucasta, Going to the Wars
By Richard Lovelace (1618–1658)
 
TELL 1 me not, Sweet, I am unkind,
  That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
  To war and arms I fly.
 
True, a new mistress now I chase,        5
  The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace
  A sword, a horse, a shield.
 
Yet this inconstancy is such
  As you too shall adore;        10
I could not love thee, Dear, so much,
  Loved I not Honour more.
 
Note 1. See note to No. 210. [back]
 
 
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