Thursday, April 17, 2014

Daily Dose

From An Anthology of Light Verse, edited by Louis Kronenberger


Give me more love or more disdain;
         The torrid, or the frozen zone,
Bring equal ease unto my pain;
         The temperate affords me none;
Either extreme, of love, or hate,
Is sweeter than a calm estate.

Give me a storm; if it be love,
         Like Danae in that golden show'r
I swim in pleasure; if it prove
         Disdain, that torrent will devour
My vulture-hopes; and he's possess'd
Of heaven, that's but from hell releas'd.

Then crown my joys, or cure my pain;
Give me more love, or more disdain.

-- Thomas Carew

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