A Dialogue Betwixt Cordanus and Amoret

by Richard Lovelace

Cord. Distressed pilgrim, whose dark clouded eyes
     Speak thee a martyr to love's cruelties,
     Whither away?
Amor. What pitying voice I hear,
     Calls back my flying steps?
Cord. Pr'ythee, draw near.
Amor. I shall but say, kind swain, what doth become
     Of a lost heart, ere to Elysium
     It wounded walks?
Cord. First, it does freely flye
     Into the pleasures of a lover's eye;
     But, once condemn'd to scorn, it fetter'd lies,
     An ever-bowing slave to tyrannies.
Amor. I pity its sad fate, since its offence
     Was but for love. Can tears recall it thence?
Cord. O no, such tears, as do for pity call,
     She proudly scorns, and glories at their fall.
Amor. Since neither sighs nor tears, kind shepherd, tell,
     Will not a kiss prevail?
Cord. Thou may'st as well
     Court Eccho with a kiss.
Amor. Can no art move
     A sacred violence to make her love?
Cord. O no! 'tis only Destiny or Fate
     Fashions our wills either to love or hate.
Amor. Then, captive heart, since that no humane spell
     Hath power to graspe thee his, farewell.
Cord. Farewell.
Cho. Lost hearts, like lambs drove from their folds by fears,
     May back return by chance, but not by tears.

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