Disdain Returned

Original Text: 
Thomas Carew, Poems (J. D. for T. Walkley, 1640). STC 4620.
2      Or a coral lip admires,
3Or from star-like eyes doth seek
4      Fuel to maintain his fires;
5As old Time makes these decay,
6So his flames must waste away.
7But a smooth and steadfast mind,
8      Gentle thoughts and calm desires,
9Hearts with equal love combin'd,
10      Kindle never-dying fires.
11Where these are not, I despise
12Lovely cheeks, or lips, or eyes.
13No tears, Celia, now shall win
14      My resolv'd heart to return;
15I have search'd thy soul within,
16      And find nought, but pride, and scorn;
17I have learn'd thy arts, and now
18Can disdain as much as thou.
19Some power, in my revenge, convey
20That love to her I cast away.


1] The first two stanzas were first published in W. Porter's Madrigals and Airs, 632. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.218-19.