Poems, by Andrew Marvell

The Match

i

Nature had long a Treasure made

Of all her choisest store;

Fearing, when She should be decay’d,

To beg in vain for more.

ii

Her Orientest Colours there,

And Essences most pure,

With sweetest Perfumes hoarded were,

All as she thought secure.

iii

She seldom them unlock’d, or us’d,

But with the nicest care;

For, with one grain of them diffus’d,

She could the World repair.

iv

But likeness soon together drew

What she did separate lay;

Of which one perfect Beauty grew,

And that was Celia.

v

Love wisely had of long fore-seen

That he must once grow old;

And therefore stor’d a Magazine,

To save him from the cold.

vi

He kept the several Cells repleat

With Nitre thrice refin’d;

The Naphta’s and the Sulphurs heat,

And all that burns the Mind.

vii

He fortifi’d the double Gate,

And rarely thither came,

For, with one Spark of these, he streight

All Nature could inflame.

viii

Till, by vicinity so long,

A nearer Way they sought;

And, grown magnetically strong,

Into each other wrought.

ix

Thus all his fewel did unite

To make one fire high:

None ever burn’d so hot, so bright:

And Celia that am I.

x

So we alone the happy rest,

Whilst all the World is poor,

And have within our Selves possest

All Love’s and Nature’s store.

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