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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
A Song: ‘Fair, sweet and young, receive a prize’
By John Dryden (1631–1700)
 
  FAIR, sweet and young, receive a prize
  Reserved for your victorious eyes:
  From crowds, whom at your feet you see,
  O pity, and distinguish me!
  As I from thousand beauties more        5
Distinguish you, and only you adore.
 
  Your face for conquest was designed,
  Your every motion charms my mind;
  Angels, when you your silence break,
  Forget their hymns, to hear you speak;        10
  But when at once they hear and view,
Are loth to mount, and long to stay with you.
 
  No graces can your form improve,
  But all are lost, unless you love;
  While that sweet passion you disdain,        15
  Your veil and beauty are in vain;
  In pity then prevent my fate,
For after dying all reprieve’s too late.
 
 
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