1651 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Bosworth

L. C., "On the laboured Poems of the deceased Author, Mr. William Bosworth" in Chast and Lost Lovers (1651); Saintsbury, Minor Poets of the Caroline Period (1905-21) 2:529-30.



These bleeding lovers, and unstain'd desires,
Their undry'd tears, and their religious fires,
And their stars' sullen malice, which did bend
Their lives and loves to an untimely end,
May bring the pious reader with perfumes
Of flow'rs and sighs to worship at their tombs,
And their high flames admire. But oh, forbear
That hasty zeal, and do not tread too near,
For know the flames so ardent were that burn'd
Their suffering hearts, and them to ashes turn'd,
That by your sighs they may too soon be blown
Into new life, and set on fire your own.