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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
Thomas Carew
128. To my worthy friend Mr. George Sandys
I PRESSE not to the Quire, nor dare I greet 
The holy Place with my unhallow'd feet: 
My unwasht Muse pollutes not things Divine, 
Nor mingles her prophaner notes with thine; 
Here, humbly at the Porch, she listning stayes,         5
And with glad eares sucks in thy Sacred Layes. 
So, devout Penitents of old were wont, 
Some without doore, and some beneath the Font, 
To stand and heare the Churches Liturgies, 
Yet not assist the solemne Exercise.  10
Sufficeth her, that she a Lay-place gaine, 
To trim thy Vestments, or but beare thy traine: 
Though nor in Tune, nor Wing, She reach thy Larke, 
Her Lyricke feet may dance before the Arke. 
Who knowes, but that Her wandring eyes, that run  15
Now hunting Glow-wormes, may adore the Sun. 
A pure Flame may, shot by Almighty Power 
Into my brest, the earthy flame devoure: 
My Eyes, in Penitentiall dew may steepe 
That bryne, which they for sensuall love did weepe:  20
So (though 'gainst Natures course) fire may be quencht 
With fire, and water be with water drencht. 
Perhaps, my restlesse Soule, tyr'd with pursuit 
Of mortall beautie, seeking without fruit 
Contentment there; which hath not, when enjoy'd,  25
Quencht all her thirst, nor satisfi'd, though cloy'd; 
Weary of her vaine search below, above 
In the first Faire may find th' immortall Love. 
Prompted by thy Example then, no more 
In moulds of Clay will I my God adore;  30
But teare those Idols from my Heart, and Write 
What his blest Sp'rit, not fond Love, shall endite. 
Then, I no more shall court the Verdant Bay, 
But the dry leavelesse Trunk on Golgotha: 
And rather strive to gaine from thence one Thorne,  35
Then all the flourishing Wreathes by Laureats worne. 

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