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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
A Song: ‘Persuade me not, there is a grace’
By Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (1661–1720)
PERSUADE me not, there is a grace
  Proceeds from Silvia’s voice or lute,
Against Miranda’s charming face
  To make her hold the least dispute.
Music, which tunes the soul for love,        5
  And stirs up all our soft desires,
Does but the glowing flame improve,
  Which pow’rful beauty first inspires.
Thus, whilst with art she plays, and sings
  I to Miranda, standing by,        10
Impute the music of the strings,
  And all the melting words apply.

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