I've Declared a Seventeenth Century


I've Declared a Seventeenth Century Day

Fortunately for you, what I declare has little bearing on the world at large. But I wanted to offer you all this wonderful and slight poem for your delectation, delight, and edification.

Mediocrity in Love Rejected Thomas Carew

              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.

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