To Lucasta, Going to the Wars  (1649) 
by Richard Lovelace
published in Lucasta,1649.

To Lucasta, Going to the WarresEdit


Courtesy Taking Back Our Brave New World.


Tell me not, sweet, I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.


True: a new Mistress now I chase,
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace
A sword, a horse, a shield.


Yet this inconstancy is such,
As you too shall adore;
I could not love thee, dear, so much,
Loved I not Honour more.


"To Lucasta, Going To The Wars" by Richard Lovelace (read by Tom O'Bedlam)00:36

"To Lucasta, Going To The Wars" by Richard Lovelace (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

"To Lucasta, Going to the Warres" was published in Lovelace's 1649 collection Lucasta. The initial poems were addressed to Lucasta, not clearly identified with any real-life woman, under the titles Going beyond the Seas and Going to the Warres, on a chivalrous note.[1]

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