Katherine Philips

(1631 - 1664 / London)

To One Persuading A Lady To Marriage - Poem by Katherine Philips

Forbear, bold youth; all 's heaven here,
And what you do aver
To others courtship may appear,
'Tis sacrilege to her.
She is a public deity;
And were 't not very odd
She should dispose herself to be
A petty household god?

First make the sun in private shine
And bid the world adieu,
That so he may his beams confine
In compliment to you:
But if of that you do despair,
Think how you did amiss
To strive to fix her beams which are
More bright and large than his.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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