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P. Ovidius Naso, Art of Love, Remedy of Love, Art of Beauty, Court of Love, History of Love, Amours (ed. various) 2 0 Browse Search
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P. Ovidius Naso, Art of Love, Remedy of Love, Art of Beauty, Court of Love, History of Love, Amours (ed. various), Elegy IX: To Love. By the Earl of Rochester. (search)
nd I was long ago disarm'd by love. Millions of dull men live, and scornful maids; We'll own love valiant when he these invades. Rome from each corner of the wide world snatch'd A laurel, or't had been to this day thatch'd; But the old soldier has his resting-place, And the good batter'd horse is turn'd to grass: The harass'd whore, who liv'd a wretch to please, Has leave to be a bawd, and take her ease. For me then, who have truly spent my blood, Love, in thy service, and so boldly stood In Celia's trenches, were't not wisely done, E'en to retire, and live at peace at home ? No-might I gain a godhead to disclaim My glorious title to my endless flame, Divinity with scorn I would forswear, Such sweet, dear, tempting devils women are. Whene'er those flames grow faint, I quickly find A fierce black storm pour down upon my mind; Headlong I'm hurl'd like horsemen who in vain Their fury-flaming coursers would restrain. As ships, just when the harbour they attain, Are snatch'd by sudden blas