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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Thou Canst Not Boast
By Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)
 
THOU canst not boast of Fortune’s store,
  My love, while me they wealthy call:
But I was glad to find thee poor,
  For with my heart I’d give thee all,
And then the grateful youth shall own,        5
I loved him for himself alone.
 
But when his worth my hand shall gain,
  No word or look of mine shall show
That I the smallest thought retain
  Of what my bounty did bestow:        10
Yet still his grateful heart shall own,
I loved him for himself alone.
 
 
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