My hovering thoughts would fly to heaven
And quiet nestle in the sky,
Fain would my ship in Virtue’s shore
Without remove at anchor lie.But mounting thoughts are haled downWith heavy poise of mortal load,And blustring storms deny my shipIn Virtue’s haven secure abode.When inward eye to heavenly sightsDoth draw my longing heart’s desire,The world with jesses of delightsWould to her perch my thoughts retire,Fon Fancy trains to Pleasure’s lure,Though Reason stiffly do repine;Though Wisdom woo me to the saint,Yet Sense would win me to the shrine.Where Reason loathes, there Fancy loves,And overrules the captive will;Foes senses are to Virtue’s lore,They draw the wit their wish to fill.Need craves consent of soul to sense,Yet divers bents breed civil fray;Hard hap where halves must disagree,Or truce halves the whole betray!O cruel fight! where fighting friendWith love doth kill a favoring foe,Where peace with sense is war with God,And self-delight the seed of woe!Dame Pleasure’s drugs are steeped in sin,Their sugared taste doth breed annoy;O fickle sense! beware her gin,Sell not thy soul to brittle joy!
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