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Say, that the sense of feeling were bereft me,
And that I could not see, nor hear, nor touch,
And nothing but the very smell were left me,
Yet would my love to thee be still as much;
For from the still’tory of thy face excelling
Comes breath perfum'd, that breedeth love by smelling.
But 0, what banquet wert thou to the taste,
Being nurse and feeder of the other four !
Would they not with the feast should ever laft,
And bid suspicion double-lock the door?
Left jealousy, that four unwelcome guest,
Should, by his stealing in, disturb the feast.
Once more the ruby-colour'd portal open'd,
Which to his speech did honey passage yield;
Like a red morn, that ever yet betoken'd
Wreck to the sea-man, tempeft to the field,
Sorrow to shepherds, woe unto the birds,
Gust and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds.
This ill presage advisedly she marketh :
Even as the wind is hush'd before it raineth,
Or as the wolf doth grin before he barketh,
Or as the berry breaks before it staineth,
Or like the deadly bullet of a gun,
His meaning struck her ere his words begun.
And at his look she flatly falleth down,
For looks kill love, and love by looks reviveth.
A smile recures the wounding of a frown,
But blessed bankrupt, that by love fo thriveth !
The filly boy believing she is dead,
Claps her pale cheek, till clapping makes it red;
And in amaze brake off his late intent,
For sharply he did think to reprehend her,
Which cunning love did wittily prevent :
Fair fall the wit that can so well defend her!
For on the grass she lies as she were Nain,
Till his breath breatheth life in her again.
He wrings her nose, he strikes her on the cheeks,
He bends her fingers, holds her pulfes hard ;
He chafes her lips, a thousand ways he seeks
To mend the hurt that his unkindness marr'd ;
He kisses her; and she, by her good will,
Will never rise, so he will kiss her still.
The night of sorrow now is turn’d to day :
Her two blue windows faintly she up-heaveth,
Like the fair sun, when in his fresh
He cheers the morn, and all the world relieveth :
And as the bright sun glorifies the sky,
So is her face illumin'd with her eye,
Whose beams upon his hairless face are fix’d,
As if from thence they borrow'd all their shine.
Were never four such lamps together mix'd,
Had not his clouded with his brows' repine ;
But hers, which through the crystal tears gave light,
Shone like the moon, in water seen by night.
0, where am I, quoth she? in earth or heaven,
Or in the ocean drench'd, or in the fire ?
What hour is this? or morn or weary even?
Do I delight to die, or life desire ?
But now I liv’d, and life was death's annoy ;
But now I dy'd, and death was lively joy.
O thou didst kill me ;-kill me once again :
Thy eyes' shrewd tutor, that hard heart of thine,
Hath taught them scornful tricks, and such disdain,
That they have murder'd this poor heart of mine ; ;
And these mine eyes, true leaders to their queen,
But for thy piteous lips no more had seen.
Long may they kiss each other, for this cure !
Oh never let their crimson liveries wear!
And as they last, their verdure still endure,
To drive infection from the dangerous year!
That the star-gazers, having writ on death,
May say, the plague is banish'd by thy breath.
Pure lips, sweet seals in my soft lips imprinted,
What bargains may I make, still to be sealing?
To sell myself I can be well contented,
So thou wilt buy, and pay, and use good dealing ;
Which purchase if thou make, for fear of flips,
Set thy feal-manual on my wax-red lips.
A thousand kisses buys my heart from me ;
them at thy leisure, one by one.
What is ten hundred kisses unto thee?
Are they not quickly told, and quickly gone ?
Say, for non-payment that the debt should double, Is twenty hundred kisses such a trouble ?
Fair queen, quoth he, if any
you owe me, Measure my strangeness with my unripe years ; Before I know myself, seek not to know me; No fisher but the ungrown fry forbears :
The mellow plumb doth fall, the green sticks fast, Or being early pluck'd, is four to taste.
Look, the world's comforter, with weary gait,
His day's hot task hath ended in the West :
The owl, night's herald, shrieks, 'tis very late ;
The Theep are gone to fold, birds to their neft ;
The coal-black clouds that shadow heaven's light,
Do summon us to part, and bid good night.
Now let me say good night, and so say you ;
you will say so, you shall have a kiss.
Good night, quoth she; and, ere he says adieu,
The honey fee of parting tender'd is :
Her arms do lend his neck a sweet embrace;
Incorporate then they seem ; face grows to face.
Till, breathless, he disjoin'd, and backward drew
The heavenly moisture, that sweet coral mouth,
Whose precious taste her thirsty lips well knew,
Whereon they surfeit, yet complain on drought:
He with her plenty press’d, she faint with dearth, (Their lips together glew’d) fall to the earth.
Now quick Desire hath caught her yielding prey,
And glutton-like she feeds, yet never filleth;
Her lips are conquerors, his lips obey,
Paying what ransom the insulter willeth ;
Whose vulture thought doth pitch the price so high,
That she will draw his lips' rich treasure dry.
And having felt the sweetness of the spoil,
With blind-fold fury she begins to forage;
Her face doth reek and smoke, her blood doth boil,
And careless lust stirs up a desperate courage ;
Planting oblivion, beating reason back,
Forgetting shame's pure blush, and honour's wrack.
Hot, faint, and weary, with her hard embracing,
Like a wild bird being tam'd with too much handling,
Or as the fleet-foot roe, that's tir'd with chasing,
Or like the froward infant, still’d with dandling,
He now obeys, and now no more resisteth,
While the takes all she can, not all she lifteth.
What wax so frozen but dissolves with temp'ring,
And yields at last to every light impression?
Things out of hope are compass’d oft with vent'ring,
Chiefly in love, whose leave exceeds commission :
Affection faints not like a pale-fac'd coward,
But then woos best, when most his choice is froward.
When he did frown, O had she then gave over,
Such nectar from his lips she had not suck’d.
Foul words and frowns must not repel a lover ;
What though the rose have pricks ? yet is it pluck’d:
Were beauty under twenty locks kept fast,
Yet love breaks through, and picks them all at last.
For pity now she can no more detain him ;
her that he may depart:
She is resolv'd no longer to restrain him ;
Bids him farewel, and look well to her heart,
The which, by Cupid's bow she doth proteft,
He carries thence incaged in his breast.
Sweet boy, she says, this night I'll waste in forrow,
For my fick heart commands mine eyes to watch.
Tell me, love's master, shall we meet to-morrow?
Say, shall we shall we? wilt thou make the match ?
He tells her, no; to-morrow he intends
To hunt the boar with certain of his friends.