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B. 1572 D. 1637
Drink to me only with thine eyes, and I will pledge with mine. - Ben Jonson 'Song To Celia'
B. 1632 D. 1664
What on Earth deserves our trust? Youth and Beauty both are dust. - Katherine Philips 'Epitaph'
B. 1592 D. 1669
Sleep on my love in thy cold bed, never to be disquieted. - Henry King 'An exequy to his matchless never to be forgotten friend'
B. 1631 D. 1700
From harmony, from heavenly harmony, this universal frame began. - John Dryden 'A Song For St Cecilia's Day'
B. 1554 D. 1586
My true-love hath my heart and I have his. - Philip Sidney 'Song From Arcadia'
B. 1562 D. 1586
My prime of youth is but a frost of cares. - Chidiock Tichborne 'Tichborne's Elegy'
B. 1552 D. 1618
But love is a durable fire, in the mind ever burning; never sick, never old, never dead, from itself never turning. - Walter Ralegh 'Walsingham'
B. 1561 D. 1621
Oh, what a lantern, what a lamp of light - Mary Sidney Herbert, O
B. 1890 D. 1918
My days are but the tombs of buried hours; / Which tombs are hidden in the piled years; / But from the mounds there spring up many flowers, / Whose beauty well repays their cost of tears. Isaac Rosenberg, 'My Days'