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Death, a Voyage.
Their thoughts and expressions were sometimes grossly absurd, and such as no figures or license can reconcile to the understanding.
A Lover neither Dead nor Alive.
Ah, sottish soul, said I,
Fool, to that body to return
A Lover's Heart, a Hand Grenado.
Into the self-same room;
"Twill tear and blow up all within.
Of both our broken hearts:
Shall out of both one new one make:
At every glance a constellation flies,
In light and power, the all-eyed firmament:
Then from their beams their jewels' lustres rise:
Thus he addresses his Mistress:
Thou who, in many a propriety,
And let me and my sun beget a man.
Though in thy thoughts scarce any tracts have been
Thou with strange adultery
Awake all men do lust for thee,
The true Taste of Tears.
And take my tears, which are love's wine,
For all are false, that taste not just like mine.
This is yet more indelicate:
As the sweet sweat of roses in a still,
Their expressions sometimes raise horror, when they intend perhaps to be pathetic:
As men in hell are from diseases free,
Free from their known formality:
COWLEY. They were not always strictly curious, whetherthe opinions from which they drew their illustrations were true; it was enough that they were popular. Bacon remarks, that some falsehoods are continued by tradition, because they supply commodious allusions.