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And one by one has torn off quite
But thou shalt do as do the gods
For of this lore be thou sure,
Though thou forget, the gods, secure, Forget never their command,
But make the statute of this land.
As they lead, so follow all,
Ever have done, ever shall. Warning to the blind and deaf, "Tis written on the iron leaf,
Who drinks of Cupid's nectar cup
Falls, in turn, a new degree.
When a god is once beguiled
And thus the wise Immortal doeth.
"Tis his study and delight
In her lap to pour all splendor;
To ransack earth for riches rare,
Profuse in love, the king bestows:
Saying, 'Hearken! Earth, Sea, Air!
Not for a private good,
But I, from my beatitude,
Albeit scorned as none was scorned,
Adorn her as was none adorned.
I make this maiden an ensample
ASKEST, How long thou shalt stay,'
Know, each substance, and relation,
Hath its unit, bound, and metre;
Is some product and repeater,
Nature poureth into nature
Riding on the ray of sight,
More fleet than waves or whirlwinds go,
Or for service, or delight,
Hearts to hearts their meaning show,
And import intelligence.
Single look has drained the breast;
Single moment years confessed.
The duration of a glance
Is the term of convenance,
And, though thy rede be church or state,
Frugal multiples of that.
Speeding Saturn cannot halt;
Linger, thou shalt rue the fault;
If Love his moment overstay,
Hatred's swift repulsions play.