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A Collection of Emblemes

Ancient and Moderne: Quickened VVith Metricall Illvstrations, both Morall and Divine: And disposed into Lotteries, That Instruction, and Good Counsell, may bee furthered by an Honest and Pleasant Recreation. By George Wither

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Illvstr. XXXIII.

[Hee that shall say he Loves, and was againe]

True-Lovers Lives, in one Heart lye,
Both Live, or both together Dye.

Hee that shall say he Loves, and was againe
So well-belov'd, that neither Hee nor Shee
Suspects each other, neither needs to gaine
New proofes, that they in all Desires agree;
And, yet, shall coole againe in their Affection,
(And leave to Love) or live till they are Lovers
The second-time; It some grosse Imperfection
In One (if not in Both) of them discovers.
It was not Love which did between them grow;
But, rather, somewhat like unto the same;
Which (having made a faire deceiving Show)
Obtain'd, a while, that honorable Name.
For, False-Affections will together play
So lovingly; and, oft, so act those Parts
Which reall seeme; that, for a time, they may
Appeare the Children of Vnfeigned-Hearts:
Yea, Many-times, true Turtles are deceiv'd
By counterfeited Passions, till their Love
Of her true Object findes her selfe bereav'd;
And, after it, is forced to remove:
But, where True Love begetteth, and enjoyes
The proper Object, which shee doth desire,
Nor Time, nor Injury the same destroyes;
But, it continues a Perpetuall Fire.
Like am'rous Thisbe to her Pyramus,
On all occasions, it continues true:
Nor Night, nor Danger, makes it timorous;
But, through all Perills, it will him pursue.
Thus, both in Life, in Death, in all estates,
True-Lovers will be true-Associates.