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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Robert Herrick. 1591–1674
  
260. The Bracelet: To Julia
  
WHY I tie about thy wrist, 
Julia, this silken twist; 
For what other reason is 't 
But to show thee how, in part, 
Thou my pretty captive art?         5
But thy bond-slave is my heart: 
'Tis but silk that bindeth thee, 
Knap the thread and thou art free; 
But 'tis otherwise with me: 
—I am bound and fast bound, so  10
That from thee I cannot go; 
If I could, I would not so. 
 
 
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