viewers to a higher emotion, claiming a godlike power to create. That higher emotion is love, made clear by the speaker in the lyric who describes "the new inspir'd Images" as being "fir'd" with love.
Carew repeats, "Harke," adding a refrainlike quality often present in songs, which tend to repeat themes and important concepts. They also tend to present a turn of some kind, and Carew's song is no exception. As the speaker continues, he tells his audience that although the "tender marble grones" and the "late transformed stones" attempt to court Celia, "the faire Nymph," with tears, she ironically becomes "more stony then they were," her "unrelenting mind" stunning them in contrast to her "matchlesse beautie." Such "disdaine" in one so lovely causes the animated statues to be "turn'd into stones againe."
Carew suggests that beauty is worth little without a kind and supple heart, a sentiment that conflicts somewhat with the popular Cavalier carpe diem theme. That theme suggests that sex remains the most important role for a beautiful female. He also demonstrates of what little use inspiration and the resultant poetry can be, if those who inspire cannot recognize and prize their effect on others.
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