Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. II. Love
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
II. Love’s Nature
Song: “Love still has something”
Sir Charles Sedley (1639–1701)
LOVE still has something of the sea,
  From whence his Mother rose;
No time his slaves from love can free,
  Nor give their thoughts repose.
They are becalmed in clearest days,        5
  And in rough weather tost;
They wither under cold delays,
  Or are in tempests lost.
One while they seem to touch the port,
  Then straight into the main        10
Some angry wind in cruel sport
  Their vessel drives again.
At first disdain and pride they fear,
  Which if they chance to ’scape,
Rivals and falsehood soon appear        15
  In a more dreadful shape.
By such degrees to joy they come,
  And are so long withstood,
So slowly they receive the sum,
  It hardly does them good.        20
’T is cruel to prolong a pain,
  And to defer a bliss,
Believe me, gentle Hermione,
  No less inhuman is.
An hundred thousand oaths your fears        25
  Perhaps would not remove,
And if I gazed a thousand years,
  I could no deeper love.
’T is fitter much for you to guess
  Than for me to explain,        30
But grant, oh! grant that happiness,
  Which only does remain.

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