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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
To Castara, in a Trance
By William Habington (1605–1654)
FORSAKE me not so soon; Castara, stay,
And as I break the prison of my clay
I ’ll fill the canvas with my expiring breath,
And sail with thee o’er the vast main of Death.
Some cherubin thus, as we pass, shall play:        5
‘Go, happy twins of love!’—the courteous sea
Shall smooth her wrinkled brow; the winds shall sleep,
Or only whisper music to the deep;
Every ungentle rock shall melt away,
The sirens sing to please, not to betray;        10
The indulgent sky shall smile; each starry quire
Contend, which shall afford the brighter fire.
    While Love, the pilot, steers his course so even
    Ne’er to cast anchor till we reach at Heaven.

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