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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
In Praise of His Mistress
By Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)
YOU that will a wonder know,
            Go with me;
Two suns in a heaven of snow
            Both burning be,—
All they fire that do but eye them,        5
Yet the snow ’s unmelted by them.
Leaves of crimson tulips met
            Guide the way
Where two pearly rows be set,
            As white as day;        10
When they part themselves asunder
She breathes oracles of wonder.
All this but the casket is
            Which contains
Such a jewel, as to miss        15
            Breeds endless pains,—
That ’s her mind, and they that know it
May admire, but cannot show it.

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