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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Sir Charles Sedley. 1639–1701
  
410. To Celia
  
NOT, Celia, that I juster am 
  Or better than the rest! 
For I would change each hour, like them, 
  Were not my heart at rest. 
 
But I am tied to very thee         5
  By every thought I have; 
Thy face I only care to see, 
  Thy heart I only crave. 
 
All that in woman is adored 
  In thy dear self I find—  10
For the whole sex can but afford 
  The handsome and the kind. 
 
Why then should I seek further store, 
  And still make love anew? 
When change itself can give no more,  15
  'Tis easy to be true! 
 
 
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