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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Gratiana Dancing
By Richard Lovelace (1618–1658)
 
SHE beat the happy pavèment—
By such a star made firmament,
  Which now no more the roof enviès!
    But swells up high, with Atlas even,
    Bearing the brighter nobler heaven,        5
  And, in her, all the deities.
 
Each step trod out a Lover’s thought,
And the ambitious hopes he brought
  Chained to her brave feet with such arts,
    Such sweet command and gentle awe,        10
    As, when she ceased, we sighing saw
  The floor lay paved with broken hearts.
 
 
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