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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Fanny Greville. 18th Cent.
475. Prayer for Indifference
I ASK no kind return of love, 
  No tempting charm to please; 
Far from the heart those gifts remove, 
  That sighs for peace and ease. 
Nor peace nor ease the heart can know,         5
  That, like the needle true, 
Turns at the touch of joy or woe, 
  But turning, trembles too. 
Far as distress the soul can wound, 
  'Tis pain in each degree:  10
'Tis bliss but to a certain bound, 
  Beyond is agony. 
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