When we have run our passions heat
Andrew Marvell Quotes (Author of The Complete Poems)
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The gods, that mortal beauty chase, Still in a tree did end their race. Apollo hunted Daphne so, Only that she might laurel grow, And Pan did after Syrinx speed, Not as a nymph, but for a reed. All rights reserved. Lines When we have run our passions' heat, Love hither makes his best retreat: We've moved onto the next stanza, but we're still talking about romantic love in line The line essentially reads "when we have exhausted our sexual desire," but there is a pun going on with the word "heat. The pun on "heat" introduces us to the predominant metaphor in this stanza, which compares the pursuit of sexual passion to the running of a race. After our sexual desires are exhausted, love retreats to "hither.
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Mistaken long, I sought you then In busie Companies of Men. Your sacred Plants, if here below, Only among the Plants will grow. Little, Alas, they know or heed, How far these Beauties Hers exceed! Fair trees! When we have run our Passion' heat, Love hither makes his best retreat. The Gods , that mortal Beauty chase, Still in a Tree did end their race. What wond'rous life in this I lead!