To Lucasta, Going Beyond the Seas|
by Richard Lovelace
If to be absent were to be
......Away from thee;
...Or that when I am gone
...You or I were alone;
Then, my Lucasta, might I crave
Pity from blustering wind or swallowing wave.
But I'll not sigh one blast or gale
......To swell my sail,
...Or pay a tear to 'suage
...The foaming blue god's rage;
For whether he will let me pass
Or no, I'm still as happy as I was.
Though seas and land betwixt us both,
......Our faith and troth,
...Like separated souls,
...All time and space controls:
Above the highest sphere we meet
Unseen, unknown; and greet as Angels greet.
So then we do anticipate
...And are alive i' the skies,
...If thus our lips and eyes
Can speak like spirits unconfined
In Heaven, their earthy bodies left behind.
.....To Lucasta, Going Beyond the Seas by Richard Lovelace (1618-58)