A Devout Lover
I HAVE a mistress, for perfections rare
In every eye, but in my thoughts most fair.
Like tapers on the alter shine her eyes;
Her breath is the perfume of sacrifice;
And wheresoeer my fancy would begin,
Still her perfection lets religion in.
We sit and talk, and kiss away the hours
As chastely as the morning dews kiss flowers:
I touch her, like my beads, with devout care,
And come unto my courtship as my prayer.