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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

The Invitation

Thomas Dekker (c. 1570–1632)

LIVE with me still, and all the measures

Played to by spheres I’ll teach thee;

Let’s but thus dally, all the pleasures

The moon beholds, her man shall reach thee.

Dwell in mine arms, aloft we’ll hover,

And see fields of armies fighting:

Oh, part not from me! I’ll discover

There all the books of fancy’s writing.

Be but my darling, age to free thee

From her curse, shall fall a-dying;

Call me thy empress, Time to see thee

Shall forget his art of flying.