T H E F
O R E S T .
I. — WHY I WRITE NOT OF LOVE.
|SOME act of LOVE'S bound to rehearse,
I thought to bind him in my verse :
Which when he felt, Away, quoth he,
Can poets hope to fetter me ?
It is enough, they once did get 5
Mars and my mother, in their net :
I wear not these my wings in vain.
With which he fled me ; and again,
Into my rhymes could ne'er be got
By any art : then wonder not, 10
That since, my numbers are so cold,
When Love is fled, and I grow cold.
Venus Blindfolding Cupid. [detail]
Titian. c.1565. Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Jonson, Ben. The Works of Ben Jonson.
Boston: Phillips, Sampson, and Co., 1853. 801.
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