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Short poem

Thomas Carew (1595?-by 1640)

Ingrateful Beauty Threatened

              1Know Celia, since thou art so proud,
              2      'Twas I that gave thee thy renown;
              3Thou hadst, in the forgotten crowd
              4      Of common beauties, liv'd unknown,
              5Had not my verse exhal'd thy name,
              6And with it imp'd the wings of fame.

              7That killing power is none of thine,
              8      I gave it to thy voice, and eyes;
              9Thy sweets, thy graces, all are mine;
            10      Thou art my star, shin'st in my skies;
            11Then dart not from thy borrow'd sphere
            12Lightning on him that fix'd thee there.

            13Tempt me with such affrights no more,
            14      Lest what I made, I uncreate;
            15Let fools thy mystic forms adore,
            16      I'll know thee in thy mortal state;
            17Wise poets that wrapp'd Truth in tales,
            18Knew her themselves, through all her veils.


6] imp'd: repaired, from the practice (in falconry) of grafting new feathers to an injured falcon's wing.

15] mystic forms: i.e., her supernatural soul, the soul being the "form" of the body.

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 1.219.
Recent editing: 4:2002/2/7

Rhyme: ababcc

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