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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
An Epitaph upon—
By Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)
 
ENOUGH; and leave the rest to fame;
’Tis to command her, but to name.
Courtship, which, living, she declined,
When dead, to offer were unkind.
Where never any could speak ill,        5
Who would officious praises spill?
Nor can the truest wit, or friend,
Without detracting, her commend;
To say, she lived a virgin chaste
In this loose age and all unlaced;        10
Nor was, when vice is so allowed,
Of virtue or ashamed or proud;
That her soul was on Heaven so bent,
No minute but it came and went;
That, ready her last debt to pay,        15
She summed her life up every day;
Modest as morn, as mid-day bright,
Gentle as evening, cool as night:
’Tis true; but all too weakly said;
’Twas more significant, she’s dead.        20
 
 
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