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THE POEMS OF Ꭱ1ᏟᎻᏁ ᎡᎠ Ꮮ0Ꮩ ᎬLᏁᏟᎬ

POEMS

SONG

SET BY MR. HENRY LAWES

To Lucasta. Going beyond the Seas

IF to be absent were to be
1 Away from thee; o
Or that when I am gone,

You or I were alone;
Then my Lucasta might I crave
Pity from blustring winde or swallowing wave.

II
But I'le not sigh one blast or gale

To swell my saile,
Or pay a teare to swage

The foaming blew-gods rage;
For whether he will let me passe
Or no, I'm still as happy as I was.

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Though seas and land betwixt us both,

Our faith and troth,
Like separated soules,

\All time and space controules: Above the highest sphere wee meet, Unseene, unknowne, and greet as angels greet.

IV

So then we doe anticipate

Our after-fate,
And are alive i’ th’ skies,

If thus our lips and eyes
Can speake like spirits unconfin'd
In Heav'n, their earthy bodies left behind.

SONG
SET BY MR. JOHN LANIERE
To Lucasta. Going to the Warres

I
TELL me not, (sweet,) I am unkinde,

That from the nunnerie
Of thy chaste breast and quiet minde

To warre and armes I flie.

II

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.

III

Yet this inconstancy is such, . As you too shall adore; I could not love thee, dear, so much,

Lov'd I not Honour more.

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