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Short poem

Thomas Carew (1595?-by 1640)

Disdain Returned

              1He that loves a rosy cheek,
              2      Or a coral lip admires,
              3Or from star-like eyes doth seek
              4      Fuel to maintain his fires;
              5As old Time makes these decay,
              6So his flames must waste away.

              7But a smooth and steadfast mind,
              8      Gentle thoughts and calm desires,
              9Hearts with equal love combin'd,
            10      Kindle never-dying fires.
            11Where these are not, I despise
            12Lovely cheeks, or lips, or eyes.

            13No tears, Celia, now shall win
            14      My resolv'd heart to return;
            15I have search'd thy soul within,
            16      And find nought, but pride, and scorn;
            17I have learn'd thy arts, and now
            18Can disdain as much as thou.
            19Some power, in my revenge, convey
            20That love to her I cast away.


1] The first two stanzas were first published in W. Porter's Madrigals and Airs, 632.

Online text copyright © 2005, 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: Thomas Carew, Poems (J. D. for T. Walkley, 1640). STC 4620.
First publication date: 1640
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 3RP 1.218-19.
Recent editing: 4:2002/2/6

Rhyme: ababcc

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