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I'VE followed thee a year, at least,
And never stopp'd myself to rest;
But yet can thee o'ertake no more Than this day can the day that went before
In this our fortunes equal prove
To stars, which govern them above;
Our stars, that move for ever round, With the same distance still betwixt them found.
In vain, alas ! in vain I strive
The wheel of Fate faster to drive;
Since, if around it swiftlier fly, She in it mends her pace as much as I.
Hearts by Love strangely shuffled are,
That there can never meet a pair
Tamelier than worms are lovers slain; The wounded heart ne'er turns, to wound again.
I thought, I’ll swear, I could have lov’d no more
I'm sure her beauties camot greater grow;
But mine own fancy now drives-on my love,
By cyphers is increas'd eternally.
So the new-made and untry’d spheres above
By their own forms to move for ever round.
That Love’s a motion natural to me.
LOVE'S VISIBILITY. o WITH much of pain, and all the art I knew, Have I endeavour'd hitherto To hide my love, and yet all will not do.
The world perceives it, and, it may be, she;
Men without love have oft so cunning grown, That something like it they have shown; But none who had it ever seem'd to have none.
Love's of a strangely open, simple kind,
The very eye betrays our inward smart;
Or if by chance the face betray not it,
THESE full two hours now have I gazing been,
To look on heaven with mighty gulfs between
Yet could not get one drop of water by 't.
Ah wretch I seem to touch her now ; but oh,
Fortune, and friends, and all earth's empty show,
As her hard soul's aversion from my love.
So travellers, that lose their way by night,
Th'uncertain glimmerings of a taper's light,
And there in darkness and despair remain.
RESOLVED TO LOVE,
I WONDER what the grave and wise
One of them saw me, th' other day,
Another, from my mistress' door
If learn'd in other things you be,