A Coronet for his Mistress, Philosophy

Original Text: 
George Chapman. Ovid's Banquet of Sense. London, 1595. Menston: Scolar Press, 1970. PR 2450 O9 1595A ROBA
1Muses that sing love's sensual empery,
2And lovers kindling your enraged fires
3At Cupid's bonfires burning in the eye,
4Blown with the empty breath of vain desires;
5You that prefer the painted cabinet
6Before the wealthy jewels it doth store ye,
7That all your joys in dying figures set,
8And stain the living substance of your glory;
9Abjure those joys, abhor their memory,
10And let my love the honour'd subject be
11Of love, and honour's complete history.
12Your eyes were never yet let in to see
13    The majesty and riches of the mind,
14    But dwell in darkness; for your god is blind.
Publication Start Year: 
1595
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.214.