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My love, a timorous and tender flower,
I can never
I yielded- I unlock'd her all my breast,
Her bond slave.3
They (women) lie, we lie, all lie, but love no less. 5
The passion of love is to be conquered only by flying.
The weak wanton Cupid
1 Coleridge (Remorse).
4 Par. Lost, book ix.
7 Troilus and Cressida.
O! for a lover-sightly, sprightly, sincere, and secret!
But yet she listen'd-'tis enough —
He comes too near,-who comes to be denied.
It is a true rule that love is ever rewarded with the reciproque, or with an inward and secret contempt.9
Shall I like a hermit dwell
If she seem not chaste to me,
Nay-if she love me not, I care not for her,
J'aime les roses nouvelles,
Comme je savois bien qu'elles ne pensoient pas à moi, je n'avois ni la simplicité, ni la fatuité de penser à elles. J'aurois pu dire comme Atys, et avec plus de sincerité:
1 Sir Walter Raleigh.
2 Old Play-motto to one of Scott's chapters (Novels); probably by himself.
But we'll grow auld together, and never find
One joy shall make us smile, one sorrow mourn; one age go with us; one hour of death shall close our eyes; and one cold grave shall hold us happy.Say but you hate me not!-Oh!-Speak!- Give but the softest breath to that enchanting word! 3 Wheresoever Providence shall dispose of the most valuable thing I know, I shall ever follow you with my sincerest wishes, and my best thoughts will be continually waiting upon you, when you neither hear of me nor them; your own guardian angels cannot be more constant nor more silent."
I Camp. Brit. Poets, iv. 403. 3 Love makes a Man.
5 Pope (Letters to several Ladies), xix. Johnson, iv. 396. Bosw. Croker's ed.
Love! a passion which has caused the change of empires; a passion which has inspired heroism, and subdued avarice; a passion which he, who never felt never was happy; and he, who laughs at, never deserves to feel."
2 Allan Ramsay.
4 Sic in orig.
Now thou art mine! - for ever mine,
With life to keep, and scarce with life resign.1
3 De Staël.
I can express no kinder sign of love
Than this fond kiss.- O Lord, that lend'st me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
For thou hast given me in this beauteous face
A world of earthly blessings to my soul,
If sympathy of love unite.2
Je veux, avec excès, vous aimer et vous plaire."
Je ne veux en ce monde choisir
Plus grand honneur que vous donner plaisir.*
Thou hast sworn by thy God, my Jeanie,
And I have sworn by my God, my Jeanie,
By a' the stars sown thick owre heaven,
That thou shalt aye be mine!
Then foul fa' the hands that wad loose sic band,
2 Second Part of King Henry VI. 4 Ronsard to Mary Queen of Scots.
Tho' the wee, wee cot maun be my bield,
An' my claithing e'er sae mean,
I wad lap me up rich i' the faulds of luve,
Her white arm wad be a pillow for me,
Fu' safter than the down,
An' luve wad winnow owre us his kind, kind wings,
An' sweetly I'd sleep an' soun.
Come here to me then, lass o' my luve,
Come here and kneel wi' me,
The morn is fu' o' the presence o'
And I canna pray but1 thee.
Hail! wedded love · mysterious law, true source
By thee adulterous lust was driven from men,
Of father, son, and brother first were known ;
Felices ter et amplius,
Here love his golden shaft employs; here lights
Mixed dance, or wanton mask, or midnight ball,
Quos irrupta tenet copula, nec malis
2 Cromek, Reliques, 20. 3 Milton, b. iv. 1. 750.