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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Thomas Stanley
 
54. The Repulse
 
        NOT that by this disdain 
                I am releas'd, 
And freed from thy tyrannick chain, 
        Do I my self think blest; 
  
        Nor that thy Flame shall burn         5
                No more; for know 
That I shall into ashes turn, 
        Before this fire doth so. 
  
        Nor yet that unconfin'd 
                I now may rove,  10
And with new beauties please my mind; 
        But that thou ne'r didst love: 
  
        For since thou hast no part 
                Felt of this flame, 
I onely from thy tyrant heart  15
        Repuls'd, not banish'd am. 
  
        To loose what once was mine 
                Would grieve me more 
Then those inconstant sweets of thine 
        Had pleas'd my soul before.  20
  
        Now I have not lost the blisse 
                I ne'r possest; 
And spight of fate am blest in this, 
        That I was never blest. 
 
 
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