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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Thomas Carew
 
30. Eternity of Love protested
 
HOW ill doth he deserve a Lovers name, 
        Whose pale weak flame 
        Cannot retain 
His heat in spight of absence or disdain; 
But doth at once, like paper set on fire,         5
        Burn and expire; 
True love can never change his seat, 
Nor did he ever love, that could retreat. 
  
That noble flame, which my brest keeps alive, 
        Shall still survive,  10
        When my soule's fled; 
Nor shall my love dye, when my bodye's dead, 
That shall wait on me to the lower shade, 
        And never fade: 
My very ashes in their urn,  15
Shall, like a hallowed Lamp, for ever burn. 
 
 
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