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Poem by Thomas Carew


Mediocrity in Love Rejected


Give me more love or more disdain;
The torrid, or the frozen zone,
Bring equal ease unto my pain;
The temperate affords me none;
Either extreme, of love, or hate,
Is sweeter than a calm estate.

Give me a storm; if it be love,
Like Danae in that golden show'r
I swim in pleasure; if it prove
Disdain, that torrent will devour
My vulture-hopes; and he's possess'd
Of heaven, that's but from hell releas'd.

Then crown my joys, or cure my pain;
Give me more love, or more disdain. 



Thomas Carew


Thomas Carew's other poems:
  1. Secrecy Protested
  2. Celia Beeding, To The Surgeon
  3. Epitaph for Maria Wentworth
  4. I Do Not Love Thee For That Fair
  5. A Divine Mistress


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