No Platonic Love

William Cartwright

 
Tell me no more of minds embracing minds,
     And hearts exchang'd for hearts;
That spirits spirits meet, as winds do winds,
     And mix their subt'lest parts;
That two unbodied essences may kiss,
And then like Angels, twist and feel one Bliss.
I was that silly thing that once was wrought
     To practise this thin love;
I climb'd from sex to soul, from soul to thought;
     But thinking there to move,
Headlong I rolled from thought to soul, and then
From soul I lighted at the sex again.
As some strict down-looked men pretend to fast,
     Who yet in closets eat;
So lovers who profess they spririts taste,
     Feed yet on grosser meat;
I know they boast they souls to souls convey,
Howe'r they meet, the body is the way.
Come, I will undeceive thee, they that tread
     Those vain aerial ways
Are like young heirs and alchemists misled
     To waste their wealth and days,
For searching thus to be for ever rich,
They only find a med'cine for the itch.
 

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Further Reading

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9.
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Canterbury Tales, Wife of Bath's Prologue [Excerpt]
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A Greek Island
by Edward Hirsch
A Sequence
by Leslie Scalapino
Almost There
by Timothy Liu
Antique
by Arthur Rimbaud
Arts & Sciences
by Philip Appleman
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Aubade: Some Peaches, After Storm
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Blue
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Boston
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Carrefour
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Elegy 5
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Erotic Energy
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First Turn to Me...
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Fixed
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In Praise of Shame
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Libido
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Novel
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Privilege of Being
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Safe Sex
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Sex
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Song
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The Ecstasy
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The Elephant is Slow to Mate
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The Hug
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To His Mistress Going to Bed
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Undressing You
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Wild Rose
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XIII
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Year of the Tiger
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