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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
To One Persuading a Lady to Marriage
By Katherine Philips (‘Orinda’) (1632–1664)
FORBEAR, bold youth; all’s heaven here,
  And what you do aver
To others courtship may appear,
  ’Tis sacrilege to her.
She is a public deity;        5
  And were ’t not very odd
She should dispose herself to be
  A petty household god?
First make the sun in private shine
  And bid the world adieu,        10
That so he may his beams confine
  In compliment to you:
But if of that you do despair,
  Think how you did amiss
To strive to fix her beams which are        15
  More bright and large than his.
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