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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
On a Girdle
By Edmund Waller (1606–1687)
 
THAT which her slender waist confined
Shall now my joyful temples bind;
No monarch but would give his crown
His arms might do what this has done.
 
It was my Heaven’s extremest sphere,        5
The pale which held that lovely deer:
My joy, my grief, my hope, my love,
Did all within this circle move.
 
A narrow compass! and yet there
Dwelt all that’s good, and all that’s fair!        10
Give me but what this ribband bound,
Take all the rest the sun goes round!
 
 
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