Saturday, 13 February 2016

Da Mi Basia Mille ...

My favourite literary couple


Jamie and Claire Fraser


Diana Gabaldon's


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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