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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Thomas Stanley
 
55. To Celia pleading want of Merit
 
  DEAR urge no more that killing cause 
                  Of our divorce; 
  Love is not fetter'd by such laws, 
          Nor bows to any force: 
  Though thou deniest I should be thine,         5
Yet say not thou deserv'st not to be mine. 
  
  Oh rather frown away my breath 
                  With thy disdain, 
  Or flatter me with smiles to death; 
          By joy or sorrow slain,  10
  'Tis lesse crime to be kill'd by thee, 
Then I thus cause of mine own death should be. 
  
  Thy self of beauty to devest 
                  And me of love, 
  Or from the worth of thine own breast  15
          Thus to detract, would prove 
  In us a blindnesse, and in thee 
At best a sacrilegious modestie. 
  
  But (Celia) if thou wilt despise 
                What all admire,  20
  Nor rate thy self at the just price 
          Of beauty or desire, 
  Yet meet my flames and thou shalt see 
That equal love knows no disparity. 
 
 
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