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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
John Sheffield, Duke of Buckinghamshire. 1649–1720
  
417. The Reconcilement
  
COME, let us now resolve at last 
  To live and love in quiet; 
We'll tie the knot so very fast 
  That Time shall ne'er untie it. 
 
The truest joys they seldom prove         5
  Who free from quarrels live: 
'Tis the most tender part of love 
  Each other to forgive. 
 
When least I seem'd concern'd, I took 
  No pleasure nor no rest;  10
And when I feign'd an angry look, 
  Alas! I loved you best. 
 
Own but the same to me—you'll find 
  How blest will be our fate. 
O to be happy—to be kind—  15
  Sure never is too late! 
 
 
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