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Thomas Carew (1595?-by 1640)

Mediocrity in Love Rejected

              1Give me more love or more disdain;
              2      The torrid, or the frozen zone,
              3Bring equal ease unto my pain;
              4      The temperate affords me none;
              5Either extreme, of love, or hate,
              6Is sweeter than a calm estate.

              7Give me a storm; if it be love,
              8      Like Danae in that golden show'r
              9I swim in pleasure; if it prove
            10      Disdain, that torrent will devour
            11My vulture-hopes; and he's possess'd
            12Of heaven, that's but from hell releas'd.

            13Then crown my joys, or cure my pain;
            14Give me more love, or more disdain.


8] Danae: imprisoned in a tower, she was loved by Zeus in the form of a shower of gold.

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.
Recent editing: 4:2002/2/7

Rhyme: ababcc

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