Saturday, 13 February 2016

Da Mi Basia Mille ...









My favourite literary couple

is


Jamie and Claire Fraser


from 


Diana Gabaldon's


10964



Da Mi Basia Mille


Come and let us live my Deare,


Let us love and never feare,


What the sowrest Fathers say:


Brightest Sol that dyes to day


Lives againe as blith to morrow,


But if we darke sons of sorrow


Set, then, how long a Night


Shuts the Eyes of our short light!


Then let amorous kisses dwell


On our lips, begin and tell


A Thousand, and a Hundred, score


a Hundred, and a Thousand more,


Till another Thousand smother


That, and that wipe off another.


Thus at last when we have numbered


Many a Thousand, many a Hundred;


Wee'l confound the reckoning quite,


And lose our selves in wild delight:


While our joyes so multiply,


As shall mocke the envious eye



RICHARD CRASHAW (1612/3 - 1649)



Jamie Fraser quotes the highlighted piece of poetry to Claire


da mi basia mille, deinde centum,
dein mille altera, dein secunda centum,
deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.



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