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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
To a Very Young Lady
By Sir Charles Sedley (1639–1701)
 
AH, Chloris! that I now could sit
  As unconcerned, as when
Your infant beauty could beget
  No pleasure nor no pain.
 
When I the dawn used to admire,        5
  And praised the coming day,
I little thought the growing fire
  Must take my rest away.
 
Your charms in harmless childhood lay,
  Like metals in the mine;        10
Age from no face took more away,
  Than youth concealed in thine.
 
But as your charms insensibly
  To their perfection prest,
Fond love as unperceived did fly,        15
  And in my bosom rest.
 
My passion with your beauty grew,
  And Cupid at my heart,
Still, as his mother favoured you,
  Threw a new flaming dart.        20
 
Each gloried in their wanton part:
  To make a lover, he
Employed the utmost of his art—
  To make a beauty, she.
 
Though now I slowly bend to love,        25
  Uncertain of my fate,
If your fair self my chains approve,
  I shall my freedom hate.
 
Lovers, like dying men, may well
  At first disordered be;        30
Since none alive can truly tell
  What fortune they must see.
 
 
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