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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Phillis Knotting
By Sir Charles Sedley (1639–1701)
 
‘HEARS not my Phillis how the birds
  Their feathered mates salute?
They tell their passion in their words:
  Must I alone be mute?’
    Phillis, without frown or smile,        5
    Sat and knotted all the while.
 
‘The god of love in thy bright eyes,
  Does like a tyrant reign;
But in thy heart a child he lies
  Without his dart or flame.’        10
    Phillis, without frown or smile,
    Sat and knotted all the while.
 
‘So many months in silence past,
  And yet in raging love,
Might well deserve one word at last        15
  My passion should approve.’
    Phillis, without frown or smile,
    Sat and knotted all the while.
 
‘Must then your faithful swain expire
  And not one look obtain,        20
Which he to soothe his fond desire
  Might pleasingly explain?’
    Phillis, without frown or smile,
    Sat and knotted all the while!
 
 
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