Mistris, since you so much desire To know the place of Cupids fire, In your faire shrine that flame doth rest, Yet neuer harbourd in your brest, It bides not in your lips so sweete, Nor where the rose and lillies meete But a little higher, but a little higher ; There, there, O there lies Cupids fire. Euen in those starrie pearcing eyes, There Cupids sacred fire lyes. Those eyes I striue not to enioy, For they haue power to destroy. Nor woe I for a smile, or kisse, So meanely triumphs not my blisse, But a little highter, but a little higher, I climbe to crowne my chast desire.
- by Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620) [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620), "Mistris, since you so much desire", published 1601, from the collection A Booke of Ayres = A Book of Airs, no. 16. [text verified 1 time]
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Word count: 111