David Diamond's To Lucasta (On Going To The Wars), featuring words by Richard Lovelace, for Medium Voice and Piano.
Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind,
That from the nunnery,
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind,
To war and arms I fly.
True, a new mistress I now chase,
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace
A sword, a horse, a shield.
Yet this inconstancy is such
As thou too shalt adore;
I could not love thee, Dear, so much,
Loved I not Honour more.
Richard Lovelace (1618-1658)