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Poem by Abraham Cowley


The Change


Love in her Sunny Eyes does basking play;
      Love walks the pleasant Mazes of her Hair;
Love does on both her Lips for ever stray;
And sows and reaps a thousand kisses there.
In all her outward parts Love s always seen;
      But, oh, He never went within.

Within Loves foes, his greatest foes abide,
      Malice, Inconstancy, and Pride.
So the Earths face, Trees, Herbs, and Flowers do dress,
      With other beauties numberless:
But at the Center, Darkness is, and Hell;
There wicked Spirits, and there the Damned dwell.

With me alas, quite contrary it fares;
Darkness and Death lies in my weeping eyes,
Despair and Paleness in my face appears,
And Grief, and Fear, Loves greatest Enemies;
But, like the Persian-Tyrant, Love within
      Keeps his proud Court, and nere is seen.

Oh take my Heart, and by that means youll prove
      Within too stord enough of Love:
Give me but Yours, Ill by that change so thrive,
      That Love in all my parts shall live.
So powerful is this change, it render can,
My outside Woman, and your inside Man.



Abraham Cowley


Abraham Cowley's other poems:
  1. An Answer To A Copy Of Verses Sent Me To Jersey
  2. Constantia's Song
  3. Against Fruition
  4. The Usurpation
  5. Cheer Up, My Mates


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Thomas Hardy The Change ("Out of the past there rises a week") Jan.Feb. 1913
  • John Newton The Change ("Saviour shine and cheer my soul")
  • Henry King, Bishop of Chichester The Change ("We lov'd as friends now twenty years and more")

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