by Henry Vaughan

NIMBLE sigh, on thy warm wings,
    Take this message and depart ;
Tell Amoret, that smiles and sings,
At what thy airy voyage brings,
    That thou cam'st lately from my heart.

Tell my lovely foe that I
Have no more such spies to send,
    But one or two that I intend,
Some few minutes ere I die,
    To her white bosom to commend.

Then whisper by that holy spring,
    Where for her sake I would have died,
Whilst those water-nymphs did bring
    Flowers to cure what she had tried ;
And of my faith and love did sing.

That if my Amoret, if she
    In after-times would have it read,
How her beauty murder'd me,
With all my heart I will agree,
    If she'll but love me, being dead.

Vaughan, Henry. The Poems of Henry Vaughan, Silurist. vol II.
E. K. Chambers, Ed. London, Lawrence & Bullen Ltd., 1896. 10.

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