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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
On a Girdle
By Edmund Waller (1606–1687)
 
THAT which her slender waist confined,
Shall now my joyful temples bind;
No monarch but would give his crown
His arms might do what this has done.
 
It was my heaven’s extremest sphere,        5
The pale which held that lovely deer,
My joy, my grief, my hope, my love,
Did all within this circle move.
 
A narrow compass, and yet there
Dwelt all that ’s good and all that ’s fair;        10
Give me but what this ribband bound,
Take all the rest the sun goes round.
 
 
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