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THE LADY'S YES.
Tell me not, sweet, I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind,
True, a new mistress now I chase,
Yet this inconstancy is such
I could not love thee, dear, so much,
THE LADY'S YES.
"Yes!" I answered you last night: "No!" this morning, sir, I say. Colors seen by candle-light,
Will not look the same by day.
When the tabors played their best,
Lamps above, and laughs below, Love me sounded like a jest,
Fit for Yes, or fit for No!
Call me false; or call me free;
Yet the sin is on us both;
Time to dance is not to woo; Wooer light makes fickle troth, Scorn of me recoils on you.
Learn to win a lady's faith
Nobly as the thing is high, Bravely as for life and death, With a loyal gravity.
Lead her from the festive boards;
By your truth she shall be true,
ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING.
No splendor 'neath the sky's proud dome But serves for her familiar wear;
The far-fetch'd diamond finds its home
The worm its golden woof presents;
Whatever runs, flies, dives, or delves, All doff for her their ornaments,
Which suit her better than themselves;
Her finger was so small the ring
Would not stay on which they did bring,-
And, to say truth,-for out it must,-
Her feet beneath her petticoat,
But O, she dances such a way!
Her cheeks so rare a white was on,
Who sees them is undone;
The side that's next the sun.
Her lips were red; and one was thin,
Some bee had stung it newly;
Her mouth so small, when she does speak Thou'dst swear her teeth her words did
That they might passage get;
But she so handles still the matter,
SIR JOHN SUCKLING.
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.
Sitting in my window,
Pointing my thoughts in lawn, I saw a god, (I thought, but it was you,) enter our gates; My blood flew out and back again, as fast As I had pressed it forth, and sucked it in, Like breath; then when I was called away in haste
To entertain you. Never was a man
Heaved from a sheepcot to a scepter, raised
A voice by the cedar-tree,
In the meadow under the Hall!
She is singing an air that is known to me,