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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Aurelian Townshend
 
22. Loves Victory
 
VICTORIOUS beauty, though your eyes 
  Are able to subdue an hoast, 
  And therefore are unlike to boast 
The taking of a little prize, 
Do not a single heart dispise.         5
  
It came alone, but yet so arm'd 
  With former love, I durst have sworne 
  That where a privy coat was worne, 
With characters of beauty charm'd, 
Thereby it might have scapt unharm'd.  10
  
But neither steele nor stony breast 
  Are proofe against those lookes of thine, 
  Nor can a Beauty lesse divine 
Of any heart be long possest, 
Where thou pretend'st an interest.  15
  
Thy Conquest in regard of me 
  Alasse is small, but in respect 
  Of her that did my Love protect, 
Were it divulged, deserv'd to be 
Recorded for a Victory.  20
  
And such a one, as some that view 
  Her lovely face perhaps may say, 
  Though you have stolen my heart away, 
If all your servants prove not true, 
May steale a heart or two from you.  25
 
 
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