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Platonick Love.

1 SO Angels Love and all the rest is dross,
2 Contracted, selfish, sensitive and gross.
3 Unlike to this, all free and unconfin'd,
4 Is that bright flame I bear thy brighter mind.
5 No stragling wish, or symptom of desire,
6 Comes near the Limits of this holy fire;
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7 Yet 'tis intense and active, tho so fine;
8 For all my pure immortal part is thine.
9 Why should I then the Heav'nly spark controul,
10 Since there's no brighter Ray in all my Soul,
11 Why should I blush to indulge the noble flame,
12 For which even friendship's a degrading name.
13 Nor is the greatness of my Love to thee,
14 A sacriledge unto the Deity,
15 Can I th' enticing stream almost adore,
16 And not respect its lovely fountain more?


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Title (in Source Edition): Platonick Love.
Themes: love; friendship
Genres: epigram

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Rowe, Elizabeth Singer, 1674-1737. Poems on several occasions. Written by Philomela. London: Printed for John Dunton at the Raven in Jewen-street, 1696, pp. 1-2. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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