The Surgeon to his Sweetheart
Medical Practitioners, Anatomy, Physiology, Physiognomy
The poet expresses his love for his 'sweetheart' by describing those of her anatomical and physiological features that he finds so appealing. For example, he waxes lyrical about 'The heart of this is in thy power, / Chordaw tendineae, valves and all', that 'Above those orbits mind is there, / Anterior lobe, os frontis full', 'How lax each ligamentous band / That binds the metacarpal bones'. He concludes by hoping: 'may that hand's palmaris be / Stretched close as possible to mine'.
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