To Lucasta, Going to the Wars
Richard Lovelace, Lucasta (1649). Facs. edn.: Scolar Press, 1972. PR 3542 L2 1649A ROBA.
2 That from the nunnery
3Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
4 To war and arms I fly.
5True, a new mistress now I chase,
6 The first foe in the field;
7And with a stronger faith embrace
8 A sword, a horse, a shield.
9Yet this inconstancy is such
10 As you too shall adore;
11I could not love thee (Dear) so much,
12 Lov'd I not Honour more.
1] The identity of Lucasta is still debated, although Anthony Wood (Athenae Oxonienses [1691-92]) says she was Lucy Sacheverel, "whom he usually called Lux Casta." Back to Line
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