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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Greedy Lover Pause Awhile
By John Wilson (1595–1674)
GREEDY 1 lover, pause awhile,
And remember that a smile
Would have made thy hopes a feast;
    Which is more        5
Since thy diet was increased,
Than both looks and language too,
Or the face itself, can do.
Such a province is my hand
As, if it thou couldst command        10
There thy lips would seem to dwell;
    Which is more,
Ever since they sped so well,
Than they can be brought to do        15
By my neck and bosom too.
If the centre of my breast,
A dominion unpossessed
May thy wandering thoughts suffice,        20
    Seek no more,
And my heart shall be thy prize:
So thou keep above the line,
All the hemisphere is thine.
If the flames of love were pure        25
Which by oath thou didst assure
Gold that goes into the clear
    Shines the more
When it leaves again the fire:        30
Let not then those looks of thine
Blemish what they should refine.
I have cast into the fire
Almost all thou couldst desire
    Heretofore;        35
But I see thou art to crave
    More and more.
Should I cast in all I have,
So that I were ne’er so free,
Thou wouldst burn, though not for me.        40
Note 1. From Wilson’s Cheerful Ayres or Ballads, 1660. [back]

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