Richard Lovelace: To Lucasta, Going to the Warres

TELL me not (Sweet) I am unkinde,
That from the Nunnerie
Of thy chaste breast, and quiet minde,
To Warre and Armes I flie.

True; a new Mistresse now I serve,
The first Foe in the Field;
And with a sterner Faith embrace
A Sword, a Horse, a Shield.

Yet this Inconstancy is such,
As thou too shalt adore;
I could not love thee (Deare) so much,
Lov’d I not Honour more.


Written 1640, first published 1649.
Lovelace served first as a senior ensign and later as a captain in the Bishops’ Wars, in the regiment of Lord Goring.

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