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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
To Mira
By George Granville, Lord Lansdowne (1666–1735)
 
WHY, cruel creature, why so bent
  To vex a tender heart?
To gold and title you relent;
  Love throws in vain his dart.
 
Let glittering fools in courts be great,        5
  For pay let armies move:
Beauty should have no other bait
  But gentle vows and love.
 
If on those endless charms you lay
  The value that’s their due,        10
Kings are themselves too poor to pay,
  A thousand worlds too few:
 
But if a passion without vice,
  Without disguise or art,
Ah, Mira, if true love’s your price        15
  Behold it in my heart.
 
 
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