Verse > Anthologies > T. H. Ward, ed. > The English Poets > Vol. II. Ben Jonson to Dryden
Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
By Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset (1638–1706)
DORINDA’S sparkling wit and eyes
    United cast too fierce a light,
Which blazes high, but quickly dies,
    Pains not the heart, but hurts the sight.
Love is a calmer, gentler joy,        5
    Smooth are his looks, and soft his pace,
Her Cupid is a blackguard boy,
    That runs his link full in your face.
*        *        *        *        *
PHILLIS, for shame, let us improve
    A thousand different ways        10
Those few short moments snatched by love
    From many tedious days.
If you want courage to despise
    The censure of the grave,
Though love ’s a tyrant in your eyes,        15
    Your heart is but a slave.
My love is full of noble pride,
    Nor can it e’er submit
To let that fop, Discretion, ride
    In triumph over it.        20
False friends I have, as well as you,
    Who daily counsel me
Fame and ambition to pursue,
    And leave off loving thee.
But when the least regard I show        25
    To fools who thus advise,
May I be dull enough to grow
    Most miserably wise.

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