William Cartwright Poems

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No Platonic Love

Tell me no more of minds embracing minds,
And hearts exchang'd for hearts;
That spirits spirits meet, as winds do winds,
And mix their subt'lest parts;

To Chloe,Who For His Sake Wished Herself Younger

THERE are two births; the one when light
   First strikes the new awaken'd sense;
The other when two souls unite,
   And we must count our life from thence:


STILL do the stars impart their light
To those that travel in the night;
Still time runs on, nor doth the hand
Or shadow on the dial stand;

On A Virtuous Young Gentlewoman That Died Suddenly

SHE who to Heaven more Heaven doth annex,
Whose lowest thought was above all our sex,
Accounted nothing death but t' be reprieved,
And died as free from sickness as she lived.

On The Queen's Return From The Low Countries

HALLOW the threshold, crown the posts anew!
   The day shall have its due.
Twist all our victories into one bright wreath,
   On which let honour breathe;

The Dead Sparrow

TELL me not of joy: there's none
Now my little Sparrow's gone;
He, just as you,
Would try and woo,

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