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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
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39. Song
 
NOE more unto my thoughts appeare, 
  Att least appeare lesse fayre, 
For crazy tempers justly feare 
  The goodnesse of the ayre; 
  
Whilst your pure Image hath a place         5
  In my impurer Mynde, 
Your very shaddow is the glasse 
  Where my defects I finde. 
  
Shall I not fly that brighter light 
  Which makes my fyres looke pale,  10
And put that vertue out of sight 
  Which makes myne none att all? 
  
No, no, your picture doeth impart 
  Such valew I not wish 
The native worth to any heart  15
  That 's unadorn'd with this. 
  
Though poorer in desert I make 
  My selfe whilst I admyre, 
The fuell which from hope I take 
  I give to my desire.  20
  
If this flame lighted from your Eyes 
  The subject doe calcine, 
A Heart may bee your sacrifice 
  Too weake to bee your shrine. 
 
 
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