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Henry King, Bishop of Chichester (Генри Кинг, епископ Чичестерский)


The Vow-Breaker


VVhen first the Magick of thine ey,
Usurpt upon my liberty,
Triumphing in my hearts spoyl, thou
Didst lock up thine in such a vow;
When I prove false, may the bright day
Be govern'd by the Moons pale ray!
(As I too well remember) This
Thou said'st, and seald'st it with a kiss.
O Heavens! and could so soon that Ty
Relent in slack Apostacy?
Could all thy Oaths, and morgag'd trust,
Vanish? like letters form'd in dust
Which the next wind scatters. Take heed,
Take heed Revolter; know this deed
Hath wrong'd the world, which will fare worse
By thy Example then thy Curse.
Hide that false Brow in mists. Thy shame
Ne're see light more, but the dimme flame
Of funeral Lamps. Thus sit and moane,
And learn to keep thy guilt at home.
Give it no vent; for if agen
Thy Love or Vowes betray more men,
At length (I fear) thy perjur'd breath
Will blow out day, and waken Death. 



Henry King, Bishop of Chichester's other poems:
  1. Psalm I
  2. To a Lady Who Sent me a Copy of Verses at my Going to Bed
  3. Tell Me No More How Fair She Is
  4. The Short Wooing
  5. To His Friends of Christ-Church upon the Mislike of the Marriage of the Arts Acted at Woodstock


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