When Aurelia First I Courted

Original Text: 
A New Academy of Complements (London: Thomas Rooks, 1671). Wing 529.
1When Aurelia first I courted,
2She had youth and beauty too,
3Killing pleasures when she sported,
4And her charms were ever new;
5Conquering time doth now deceive her,
6Which her glories did uphold,
7All her arts can ne'er retrieve her,
8Poor Aurelia's growing old.
9The airy spirits which invited,
10Are retir'd, and move no more,
11And those eyes are now benighted,
12Which were comets heretofore.
13Want of these abate her merits,
14Yet I've passion for her name,
15Only kind and am'rous spirits
16Kindle and maintain a flame.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.514; RPO 1996-2000.