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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Young Love
By Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)
COME, little infant, love me now,
  While thine unsuspected years
Clear thine agèd father’s brow
  From cold jealousy and fears.
Pretty surely ’twere to see        5
  By young Love old Time beguiled,
While our sportings are as free
  As the nurse’s with the child.
Common beauties stay fifteen; 1
  Such as yours should swifter move,        10
Whose fair blossoms are too green
  Yet for lust, but not for love.
Love as much the snowy lamb,
  Or the wanton kid, does prize,
As the lusty bull or ram,        15
  For his morning sacrifice.
Now then love me: Time may take
  Thee before thy time away;
Of this need we’ll virtue make,
  And learn love before we may.        20
So we win of doubtful Fate,
  And, if good she to us meant,
We that good shall antedate,
  Or, if ill, that ill prevent. 2
Thus as kingdoms, frustrating        25
  Other titles to their crown,
In the cradle crown their king,
  So all foreign claims to drown;
So to make all rivals vain,
  Now I crown thee with my love:        30
Crown me with thy love again,
  And we both shall monarchs prove.
Note 1. Common beauties stay fifteen: i.e., “stay till fifteen before they are loved” (Aitken). [back]
Note 2. That ill prevent: to anticipate it. [back]

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