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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
II. Parting and Absence
To Lucasta
Richard Lovelace (1618–1658)
  IF to be absent were to be
      Away from thee;
    Or that, when I am gone,
    You or I were alone;
  Then, my Lucasta, might I crave        5
Pity from blustering wind or swallowing wave.
  But I ’ll not sigh one blast or gale
      To swell my sail,
    Or pay a tear to ’suage
    The foaming blue-god’s rage;        10
  For, whether he will let me pass
Or no, I ’m still as happy as I was.
  Though seas and lands be ’twixt us both,
      Our faith and troth,
    Like separated souls,        15
    All time and space controls:
  Above the highest sphere we meet,
Unseen, unknown; and greet as angels greet.
  So, then, we do anticipate
      Our after-fate,        20
    And are alive i’ the skies,
    If thus our lips and eyes
  Can speak like spirits unconfined
In heaven,—their earthly bodies left behind.

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