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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
By Lord Herbert of Cherbury (1583–1648)
O NO, Belov’d: I am most sure
  These virtuous habits we acquire
  As being with the soul entire
Must with it ever more endure.
Else should our souls in vain elect;        5
  And vainer yet were Heaven’s laws,
  When to an everlasting cause
They give a perishing effect.
These eyes again thine eyes shall see,
  These hands again thine hand enfold,        10
  And all chaste blessings can be told
Shall with us everlasting be.
For if no use of sense remain
  When bodies once this life forsake,
  Or they could no delight partake,        15
Why should they ever rise again?
And if ev’ry imperfect mind
  Make love the end of knowledge here,
  How perfect will our love be where
All imperfection is refined!        20
So when from hence we shall be gone,
  And be no more nor you nor I;
  As one another’s mystery
Each shall be both, yet both but one.

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