Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. II. Love
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
VII. Love’s Power
To Fidessa
Bartholomew Griffin (d. 1602)
From Fidessa

TONGUE! never cease to sing Fidessa’s praise;
Heart! howe’er she deserve, conceive the best;
Eyes! stand amazed to see her beauty’s rays;
Lips! steal one kiss and be for ever blessed;
Hands! touch that hand wherein your life is closed;        5
Breast! lock up fast in thee thy life’s sole treasure;
Arms! still embrace, and never be disclosed;
Feet! run to her without or pace or measure,
Tongue! heart! eyes! lips! hands! breast! arms! feet!
Consent to do true homage to your Queen:        10
Lovely, fair, gent, wise, virtuous, sober, sweet,
Whose like shall never be, hath never been!
O that I were all tongue her praise to show!
Then surely my poor heart were freed from woe.

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