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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
Prayer for Indifference
By Fanny Greville (18th cent.)
I ASK no kind return in Love;
  No tempting charm to please;
Far from the heart such gifts remove,
  That sighs for peace and ease.
Nor ease, nor peace, that 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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