Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature Rose of King Charles II Aphra Behn

18th-Century Literature | Aphra Behn | Quotes | Biography | Works | Essays | Resources | Bookstore | Discussion Forum



Seventeenth Century

Eighteenth Century



David Teniers the Younger. Interior with a Gentleman Playing a Lute and a Lady Singing, 1640-2
Gentleman Playing a Lute and a Lady Singing.
David Teniers the Younger, 1640-2.

To Lysander at the Music-Meeting.

It was too much, ye Gods, to see and hear;
Receiving wounds both from the eye and ear:
One charm might have secur'd a victory,
Both, rais'd the pleasure even to ecstasy:
So ravish'd lovers in each other's arms,
Faint with excess of joy, excess of charms:
Had I but gaz'd and fed my greedy eyes,
Perhaps you'd pleas'd no farther than surprize.
That heav'nly form might admiration move,
But, not without the Music, charm'd with Love:
At least so quick the conquest had not been;
You storm'd without, and Harmony within:
Nor cou'd I listen to the sound alone,
But I alas must look—and was undone:
I saw the softness that compos'd your face,
While your attention heighten'd every grace:
Your mouth all full of sweetness and content,
And your fine killing eyes of languishment:
Your bosom now and then a sigh wou'd move,
(For Music has the same effects with Love)
Your body easy and all tempting lay,
Inspiring wishes which the eyes betray,
In all that have the fate to glance that way:
A careless and a lovely negligence,
Did a new charm to every limb dispense:
So look young angels, listening to the sound,
When the tun'd spheres glad all the heav'ns around:
So raptur'd lie amidst the wondering crowd,
So charmingly extended on a cloud.

When from so many ways Love's arrows storm,
Who can the heedless heart defend from harm?
Beauty and Music must the soul disarm;
Since harmony, like fire to wax, does fit
The soft'ned heart impressions to admit:
As the brisk sounds of war the courage move,
Music prepares and warms the soul to love.
But when the kindling sparks such fuel meet,
No wonder if the flame inspir'd be great.

British Women Poets, 1660-1800: An Anthology. Joyce Fullard, ed.
Troy, NY: Whitston Publishing Company, 1990. 97.

Back to Works of Aphra Behn

Site copyright ©1996-2011 Anniina Jokinen. All rights reserved.
This page created by Anniina Jokinen on June 23, 2006. Last updated March 1, 2011.


Restoration & 18th-century:

Samuel Butler
John Dryden
Samuel Pepys
John Bunyan
Aphra Behn
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea
Mary Astell
William Congreve
Matthew Prior
Daniel Defoe
John Gay
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Jonathan Swift
Joseph Addison
Sir Richard Steele
James Thomson
Alexander Pope
Dr. Samuel Johnson
Thomas Gray
William Collins
Christopher Smart
Oliver Goldsmith
George Crabbe
William Cowper
James Boswell
Essays and Articles
Additional Sources

Search | Luminarium | Encyclopedia | What's New | Letter from the Editor | Bookstore | Poster Store | Discussion Forums