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Peter Davidson (ed.), Poetry and Revolution: An Anthology of British and Irish Verse 1625–1660

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Editor’s NoteEditor’s Note45 To Chloe who wish'd her selfyoung enough for me.

  • 1Chloe, why wish you that your years
  • 2        Would backwards run, till they meet mine,
  • 3That perfect Likeness, which endears
  • 4        Things unto things, might us Combine?
  • 5Our Ages so in date agree,
  • 6That Twins do differ more than we.
  • 7There are two Births, the one when Light
  • 8        First strikes the new awak'ned sense;
  • 9The Other when two Souls unite;
  • 10        And we must count our life from thence:
  • 11When you lov'd me, and I lov'd you,
  • 12Then both of us were born anew.
  • 13Love then to us did new Souls give,
  • 14        And in those Souls did plant new pow'rs;
  • 15Since when another life we live,
  • 16        The Breath we breath is his, not ours;
  • 17Love makes those young, whom Age doth Chill,
  • 18And whom he finds young, keeps young still.
  • pg 44Editor’s Note19Love, like that Angell that shall call
  • 20        Our bodies from the silent Grave,
  • 21Unto one Age doth raise us all,
  • 22        None too much, none too little have;
  • 23Nay that the difference may be none,
  • 24He makes two not alike, but One.
  • 25And now since you and I are such,
  • 26        Tell me what's yours, and what is mine?
  • 27Our Eyes, our Ears, our Taste, Smell, Touch,
  • 28        Do (like our Souls) in one Combine;
  • 29So by this, I as well may be
  • 30Too old for you, as you for me.

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45 Text: William Cartwright, Comedies, Tragi-comedies. With other Poems, 1651, pp. 244–5. Edition: ed. G. Blakemore Evans, The Plays and Poems of William Cartwright, Madison, Wisconsin, 1951, p. 493.
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45 19 Angell at the Last Judgement
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