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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Phyllis’s Resolution
By William Walsh (1663–1708)
 
WHEN slaves their liberty require,
  They hope no more to gain;
But you not only that desire,
  But ask the power to reign.
 
Think how unjust a suit you make,        5
  Then you will soon decline;
Your freedom, when you please, pray take,
  But trespass not on mine.
 
No more in vain, Alcander, crave;
  I ne’er will grant the thing,        10
That he, who once has been my slave,
  Should ever be my king.
 
 
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