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RICHARD LOVELACE
English cavalier and poet
(1618 - 1658)

Attempt the end, and never stand to doubt;
  Nothing so hard but search will find it out.
      - [Perseverance]

I could not love thee, dear, so much, loved I not honor more.
      - [Love]

I would not love thee, dear, so much,
  Loved I not honour more.
      - [Honor]

Those glories come too late
  That on our ashes wait.
      - Inscription on Title-page of Posthumous Poems
        [Glory]

Oh, could you view the melodie
  Of ev'ry grace,
    And musick of her face,
      You'd drop a teare,
        Seeing more harmonie
          In her bright eye,
            Then now you heare.
      - Orpheus to Beasts [Beauty]

Oh! could you view the melody
  Of every grace,
    And music of her face,
      You'd drop a tear,
        Seeing more harmony
          In her bright eye,
            Than now you hear.
      - Orpheus to Beasts (st. 2) [Face]

When flowing cups pass swiftly round
  With no allaying Thames.
      - To Althea from Prison (II)
        [Wine and Spirits]

When thirsty grief in wine we steep,
  When healths and draughts go free,
    Fishes, that tipple in the deep,
      Know no such liberty.
      - To Althea, from Prison
        [Fish : Wine and Spirits]

Stone walls do not a prison make,
  Nor iron bars a cage,
    Minds innocent and quiet take
      That for an hermitage.
      - To Althea, from Prison (IV) [Prison]

Fishes that tipple in the deepe,
  Know no such liberty.
      - To Althea, from Prison (st. 2) [Fish]

Tell me not, sweet, I am unkind,
  That from the nunnery
    Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
      To war and arms I fly.
        . . . .
          Yet this inconstancy is such
            As you too shall adore:--
              I could not love thee, dear, so much,
                Loved I not honour more.
      - To Lucasta, on going to the Wars [Love]


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