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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
The Bracelet: To Julia
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
WHY I tie about thy wrist,
Julia, this my silken twist;
For what other reason is’t
But to show thee how, in part,
Thou my pretty captive art?        5
But thy bond-slave is my heart:
’Tis but silk that bindeth thee,
Knap the thread and thou art free;
But ’tis otherwise with me:
—I am bound and fast bound, so        10
That from thee I cannot go;
If I could I would not so.
 
 
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