Richard Lovelace.

LUCASTA, taking the waters at Tunbridge.


YEE happy floods !  that now must passe
    The sacred conduicts of her Wombe,
Smooth, and transparent as your face,
    When you are deafe, and windes are dumbe.

Be proud !  and if your Waters be
    Foul'd with a counterfeyted teare,
Or some false sigh hath stained yee,
    Haste, and be purified there.

And when her Rosie gates y'have trac'd,
    Continue yet some Orient wet,
'Till turn'd into a Gemme, y'are plac'd
    Like Diamonds with Rubies set.

Yee drops that dew th' Arabian bowers
    Tell me did you e're smell or view
On any leafe of all your flowers
    Soe sweet a sent, so rich a hiew ?

But as through th' Organs of her breath,
    You trickle wantonly, beware ;
Ambitious Seas in their just death
    As well as Lovers must have share.

And see ! you boyle as well as I,
    You that to coole her did aspire,
Now troubled, and neglected lye,
    Nor can your selves quench your owne fire.

Yet still be happy in the thought,
    That in so small a time as this ;
Through all the Heavens you were brought
    Of Vertue, Honour, Love and Blisse.

Lovelace, Richard.    The Poems of Richard Lovelace.
London: Unit Library, Ltd., 1904.    48-49.

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