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Thomas Carew (1595?-by 1640)

To my Inconstant Mistress

              1When thou, poor excommunicate
              2      From all the joys of love, shalt see
              3The full reward and glorious fate
              4      Which my strong faith shall purchase me,
              5      Then curse thine own inconstancy.

              6A fairer hand than thine shall cure
              7      That heart, which thy false oaths did wound;
              8And to my soul, a soul more pure
              9      Than thine shall by Love's hand be bound,
            10      And both with equal glory crown'd.

            11Then shalt thou weep, entreat, complain
            12      To Love, as I did once to thee;
            13When all thy tears shall be as vain
            14      As mine were then, for thou shalt be
            15      Damn'd for thy false apostasy.

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: 4:2002/2/7

Rhyme: ababb

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