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1 SO Angels love, So let them love for me;
2 As mortal, I must like a mortal be.
3 My Love's as pure as their's, more unconfin'd;
4 I love the Body, they but love the Mind.
5 Without enjoyment, Can desire be ill?
6 For that which wou'd a Man with pleasure fill;
7 This more intense and active, sure must be,
8 Since I both Soul and Body give to thee.
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9 This flame as much of Heaven as that contains,
10 And more, for unto that but half pertains:
11 Friendship one Soul to th' other doth unite,
12 But Love joins all, and therefore is more bright.
13 Neither doth Humane Love Religion harm,
14 But rather us against our Vices arm:
15 Shall I not for a charming Mistress dye?
16 When Heaven commands increase and mulitply.


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Title (in Source Edition): HUMANE LOVE:
Themes: love
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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. 3-4. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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