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To Lucasta, Going to the Warres


Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkinde.

        That from the Nunnerie

Of thy chaste breast, and quiet minde,

        To Warre and Armes I flie.


True; a new Mistresse now I chase,

        The first Foe in the Field;

And with a stronger Faith imbrace

        A Sword, a Horse, a Shield.


Yet this Inconsistency is such,

        As thou too shalt adore;

I could not love thee (Deare) so much,

        Lov'd I not Honour more.


Richard Loveless


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