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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
Song: ‘Would you know what ’s soft?’
By Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)
WOULD you know what ’s soft? I dare
Not bring you to the down, or air,
Nor to stars to show what ’s bright,
Nor to snow to teach you white;
Nor, if you would music hear,        5
Call the orbs to take your ear;
Nor, to please your sense, bring forth
Bruisëd nard, or what ’s more worth;
Or on food were your thoughts placed,
Bring you nectar for a taste;        10
Would you have all these in one,
Name my mistress, and ’tis done!

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