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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
May the Ambitions Ever Find
By Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset (1638–1706)
 
MAY the ambitious ever find
  Success in crowds and noise,
While gentler love does fill my mind
  With silent real joys!
 
May knaves and fools grow rich and great,        5
  And the world think them wise,
While I lie dying at her feet
  And all the world despise.
 
Let conquering kings new triumphs raise
  And melt in court delights;        10
Her eyes can give much brighter days,
  Her arms much softer nights.
 
 
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