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Sir Charles Sedley (1639?-1701)

Song: Love still has something of the sea

              1Love still has something of the sea,
              2      From whence his Mother rose;
              3No time his slaves from doubt can free,
              4      Nor give their thoughts repose.

              5They are becalm'd in clearest days,
              6      And in rough weather tost;
              7They wither under cold delays,
              8      Or are in tempests lost.

              9One while they seem to touch the port,
            10      Then straight into the main
            11Some angry wind in cruel sport
            12      Their vessel drives again.

            13At first disdain and pride they fear,
            14      Which, if they chance to 'scape,
            15Rivals and falsehood soon appear
            16      In a more dreadful shape.

            17By such degrees to joy they come,
            18      And are so long withstood,
            19So slowly they receive the sum,
            20      It hardly does them good.

            21'Tis cruel to prolong a pain;
            22      And to defer a joy,
            23Believe me, gentle Celemene,
            24      Offends the winged boy.

            25An hundred thousand oaths your fears
            26      Perhaps would not remove,
            27And if I gaz'd a thousand years,
            28      I could no deeper love.


2] Venus, goddess of beauty and love, and mother of Cupid, was fabled to have risen from the sea.

24] the winged boy: Cupid.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: H. Kemp, A Collection of Poems ... upon Several Occasions (1672).
First publication date: 1672
RPO poem editor: G. G. Falle
RP edition: 3RP 2.57-58.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21

Rhyme: abab

Other poems by Sir Charles Sedley