UPON LOVE. (V)
I PLAYED with Love, as with the fire
The wanton Satyr did ;
Nor did I know, or could descry
What under there was hid.
That Satyr he but burnt his lips ;
But mine's the greater smart,
For kissing Love's dissembling chips
The fire scorch'd my heart.
The wanton Satyr, see Note.
565. The Wanton Satyr. See Sir E. Dyer's The
Shepherd's Conceit of Prometheus :
Prometheus, when first from heaven high
He brought down fire, ere then on earth not seen.
Fond of delight, a Satyr standing by
Gave it a kiss, as it like sweet had been.
. . . . . . . . . . . .
The difference isthe Satyr's lips, my heart,
He for a time, I evermore, have smart. ]
Venus and Cupid with a Satyr
Correggio, c.1528. Le Louvre, Paris.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 255; 317-318.
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