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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song: ‘Phillis, men say that all my vows’
By Sir Charles Sedley (1639–1701)
 
PHILLIS, men say that all my vows
  Are to thy fortune paid:
Alas! my heart he little knows
  Who thinks my love a trade.
 
Were I of all these woods the lord,        5
  One berry from thy hand
More real pleasure would afford
  Than all my large command.
 
My humble love has learned to live
  On what the nicest maid,        10
Without a conscious blush, may give
  Beneath the myrtle shade.
 
 
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