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Thomas Randolph (Томас Рэндольф)


A Devout Lover


I have a mistress, for perfections rare
In every eye, but in my thoughts most fair.
Like tapers on the altar shine her eyes;
Her breath is the perfume of sacrifice;
And wheresoe'er my fancy would begin,
Still her perfection lets religion in.
We sit and talk, and kiss away the hours
As chastely as the morning dews kiss flowers:
I touch her, like my beads, with devout care,
And come unto my courtship as my prayer. 



Thomas Randolph's other poems:
  1. On Six Cambridge Lasses Bathing Themselves
  2. Fairy Song
  3. An Elegy
  4. Upon His Picture
  5. Даме, восхищенно глядящей на свое отражение в зеркалеTo a Lady Admiring Herself in a Looking-Glass


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