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from The Mistress, Poems (1656; editor's copy)

IMpossibilities? oh no, there's none;
   Could mine bring thy Heart Captive home;
As eas'ily other dangers were o'rethrown,
   As Cæsar after vanquish't Rome,
His little Asian foes did overcome.
True Lovers oft by Fortune are envy'd,
   Oft Earth and Hell against them strive;
But Providence engages on their side,
   And a good end at last does give;
At last Just Men and Lovers always thrive.  10
As stars (not powerful else) when they conjoin,
   Change, as they please, the Worlds estate;
So thy Heart in Conjunction with mine,
   Shall our own fortunes regulate;
And to our Stars themselves prescribe a Fate.
'Twould grieve me much to find some bold Romance,
   That should two kind examples shew,
Which before us in wonders did advance;
   Not, that I thought that story true,
But none should Fancy more, then I would Do.  20
Through spight of our worst Enemies, thy Friends,
   Through Local Banishment from Thee;
Through the loud thoughts of less-concerning Ends,
   As easie shall my passage be,
As was the Amo'rous Youth's ore Helles Sea.
In vain the Winds, in vain the Billows rore;
   In vain the Stars their aid deny'd:
He saw the Sestian Tower on th'other shore;
   Shall th' Hellespont our Loves divide?
No, not th' Atlantick Oceans boundless Tide.  30
Such Seas betwixt us eas'ly conquer'd are;
   But, gentle Maid, do not deny
To let thy Beams shine on me from afar;
   And still that Taper let me 'espy:
For when thy Light goes out, I sink and dy.

This text normalized in the same way as Cowley's "Hymn to Light."
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