Finally, she advises Time, "Break the slim form that was adored," the slim form being her, "By him so loved, my wedded lord," but concludes, "leave me, whilst all these you steal, / The mind to taste, the nerve to feel."
Cowley may have feared that she might become numb to all the joys of the world in her grief over the loss of her husband. She requests control of her thoughts, so that she might indulge in mental delights, as well as retention of her natural emotions, so that she can still experience passion over natural delights. Her own art, that of writing poetry, will help her in that experience.
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