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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
The Advice
By Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762)
CEASE, fond shepherd! Cease desiring
  What you never must enjoy;
She derides your vain aspiring,
  She, to all your sex is coy.
Cunning Damon once pursued her,        5
  Yet she never would incline;
Strephon too, as vainly wooed her,
  Though his flocks are more than thine.
At Diana’s shrine, aloud,
  By the zone around her waist,        10
Thrice she bowed, and thrice she vowed,
  Like the Goddess, to be chaste.

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