To Chloe

Who for his sake wished herself younger

by William Cartwright

Monseigneur Love by Thomas Cooper Gotch
There are two births; the one when light
First strikes the new awaken'd sense;
The other when two souls unite,
And we must count our life from thence:
When you loved me and I loved you
Then both of us were born anew.

Love then to us new souls did give
And in those souls did plant new powers;
Since when another life we live,
The breath we breathe is his, not ours:
Love makes those young whom age doth chill,
And whom he finds young keeps young still.

-William Cartwright c.1630

Art: Monseigneur Love by Thomas Cooper Gotch
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