To Lucasta, Going to the Wars
How we cite our quotes:
And with a stronger faith embrace
A sword, a horse, a shield. (7-8)
Once again war and love are intimately linked; the fact that the speaker "embraces" the weapons of war reminds us of the loving embrace associated with a romantic relationship. That he "embraces" his weapons, however, with a "stronger faith" is more than a little problematic here. Why is it stronger than the faith with which he embraces his main squeeze? We're betting she's not gonna take this well.