To His Coy Mistress, by Andrew Marvell
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To His Coy Mistress, by Andrew Marvell

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To His Coy Mistress

by Andrew Marvell

Had we but World enough, and Time,

This coyness, Lady, were no crime.

We would sit down and think which way

To walk, and pass our long Loves Day.

Thou by the Indian Ganges side

Should'st Rubies find: I by the Tide

Of Humber would complain. I would

Love you ten years before the Flood:

And you should if you please refuse

Till the Conversion of the Jews.

My vegetable Love should grow

Vaster than Empires and more slow.

An hundred years should go to praise

Thine Eyes, and on thy Forehead Gaze.

Two hundred to adore each Breast,

But thirty thousand to the rest.

An Age at least to every part,

And the last Age should show your Heart.

For Lady you deserve this State,

Nor would I love at lower rate.

But at my back I alwaies hear

Times winged Chariot hurrying near:

And yonder all before us lye

Desarts of vast Eternity.

Thy Beauty shall no more be found;

Nor, in thy marble Vault, shall sound

My echoing Song: then Worms shall try

That long preserv'd Virginity:

And your quaint Honour turn to dust;

And into ashes all my Lust.

The Grave's a fine and private place,

But none I think do there embrace.

Now therefore, while the youthful hew

Sits on thy skin like morning dew,

And while thy willing Soul transpires

At every pore with instant Fires,

Now let us sport us while we may;

And now, like am'rous birds of prey,

Rather at once our Time devour,

Than languish in his slow-chapt pow'r.

Let us roll all our strength and all

Our sweetness up into one Ball:

And tear our Pleasures with rough strife,

Thorough the Iron gates of Life:

Thus, though we cannot make our Sun

Stand still, yet we will make him run.

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