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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
The Lady to Her Inconstant Servant
By Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)
WHEN on the altar of my hand,
    Bedewed with many a kiss and tear,
Thy now revolted heart did stand
    An humble martyr, thou didst swear
    Thus, and the God of Love did hear:—        5
By those bright glances of thine eye,
Unless thou pity me, I die!
When first those perjured lips of thine,
    Bepaled with blasting sighs, did seal
Their violated faith on mine,        10
    From the soft bosom that did heal
    Thee, thou my melting heart didst steal;
My soul, enflamed with thy false breath,
Poisoned with kisses, sucked in death.
Yet I nor hand nor lip will move        15
    Revenge or mercy to procure
From the offended god of love;
    My curse is fatal, and my pure
    Love shall beyond thy scorn endure;
If I implore the gods, they ’ll find        20
Thee too ungrateful, me too kind.

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