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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
On a Girdle
By Edmund Waller (1606–1687)
 
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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.
 
A narrow compass! and yet there        5
Dwelt all that’s good and all that’s fair:
Give me but what this ribband bound,
Take all the rest the Sun goes round.
 
 
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