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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
914. Ah, Be Not False
 
By Richard Watson Gilder
 
 
AH, be not false, sweet Splendor!
    Be true, be good;
Be wise as thou art tender;
    Be all that Beauty should.
 
Not lightly be thy citadel subdued;        5
    Not ignobly, not untimely.
Take praise in solemn mood;
    Take love sublimely.
 

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