by Henry Vaughan

FANCY and I, last evening, walk'd,
And, Amoret, of thee we talk'd ;
The West just then had stolen the sun,
And his last blushes were begun :
We sate, and mark'd how everything
Did mourn his absence : how the spring
That smil'd and curl'd about his beams,
Whilst he was here, now check'd her streams :
The wanton eddies of her face
Were taught less noise, and smoother grace ;
And in a slow, sad channel went,
Whisp'ring the banks their discontent :
The careless ranks of flowers that spread
Their perfum'd bosoms to his head,
And with an open, free embrace,
Did entertain his beamy face,
Like absent friends point to the West,
And on that weak reflection feast.
If creatures then that have no sense,
But the loose tie of influence,
Though fate and time each day remove
Those things that element their love,
At such vast distance can agree,
Why, Amoret, why should not we ?

Vaughan, Henry. The Poems of Henry Vaughan, Silurist. vol II.
E. K. Chambers, Ed. London, Lawrence & Bullen Ltd., 1896. 16.

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