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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Richard Lovelace
 
48. Gratiana dauncing and singing
 
SEE! with what constant Motion 
Even, and glorious, as the Sunne, 
  Gratiana steeres that Noble Frame, 
Soft as her breast, sweet as her voyce 
That gave each winding Law and poyze,         5
  And swifter then the wings of Fame. 
  
She beat the happy Pavement 
By such a Starre made Firmament, 
  Which now no more the Roofe envies; 
But swells up high with Atlas ev'n,  10
Bearing the brighter, nobler Heav'n, 
  And in her, all the Dieties. 
  
Each step trod out a Lovers thought 
And the Ambitious hopes he brought, 
  Chain'd to her brave feet with such arts;  15
Such sweet command, and gentle awe, 
As when she ceas'd, we sighing saw 
  The floore lay pav'd with broken hearts. 
  
So did she move; so did she sing 
Like the Harmonious spheres that bring  20
  Unto their Rounds their musick's ayd; 
Which she performed such a way, 
As all th' inamour'd world will say 
  The Graces daunced, and Apollo play'd. 
 
 
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