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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
An Ecstasy
By Francis Quarles (1592–1644)
E’EN like two little bank-dividing brooks,
  That wash the pebbles with their wanton streams,
And having ranged and search’d a thousand nooks,
  Meet both at length in silver-breasted Thames,
    Where in a greater current they conjoin:        5
So I my Best-belovèd’s am; so He is mine.
E’en so we met; and after long pursuit,
  E’en so we joined; we both became entire;
No need for either to renew a suit,
  For I was flax, and He was flames of fire:        10
    Our firm-united souls did more than twine;
So I my Best-belovèd’s am; so He is mine.
If all those glittering Monarchs, that command
  The servile quarters of this earthly ball,
Should tender in exchange their shares of land,        15
  I would not change my fortunes for them all:
    Their wealth is but a counter to my coin:
The world’s but theirs; but my Belovèd’s mine.

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