Richard Lovelace (1618-1658)
Set by Mr. John Laniere.
T O L U C A S T A,
Going to the Wars.
T E L L me not (Sweet) I am unkinde
That from the Nunnery
Of thy chaste breast, and quiet minde,
To War and Armes I flie.
True ; a new Mistresse now I chase,
The first Foe in the Field ;
And with a stronger Faith imbrace
A Sword, a Horse, a Shield.
I I I.
Yet this Inconstancy is such,
As you too shall adore ;
I could not love thee (Deare) so much,
Lov'd I not Honour more.
The above poem can be found in:
Lovelace, Richard Esq. Lucasta: Epodes, Odes, Sonnets, Songs, &c. To Which
Is Added Aramantha, A Pastorall. London: Printed by Tho. Harper, 1649. (as found in the facsimile edition printed by Mentson, England: The Scolar Press Limited, 1972.)
Harmon, William, ed. The Classic Hundred Poems (Second Edition). New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.