1597 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Carew

Henry Lok, "To his especiall Friend Richard Carew of Anthony Esquire" Lok, Ecclesiates (1597) Sig. X8.



If like the world a while I seeme to you,
Forgetfull and unkind for kindnesse showne,
Thinke it not strange their natures I ensue,
Where most I live, whose proofe is dearly knowne.
The world to me unkind and carelesse growne,
Converts my nature to her temperature;
My youth (with love of her puft up and blowne)
Is cause that I now justly this endure:
Yet worlds delights, nor cares nere alter'd sure,
So farre my mind, that I ingrate did prove:
Heavens faith, earths friendship, doth my soule inure
To take far greater paines where once I love:
You then (by bloud and friendship holy vow)
Right deare take this, and for loves seale allow.