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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
A Mock Song
By Alexander Brome (1620–1666)
’TIS true I never was in love;
  But now I mean to be,
  For there’s no art
  Can shield a heart
From love’s supremacy.        5
Though in my nonage I have seen
  A world of taking faces,
I had not age or wit to ken
  Their several hidden graces.
Those virtues which, though thinly set,        10
  In others are admirèd,
In thee are altogether met,
  Which make thee so desirèd;
That though I never was in love,
  Nor never meant to be,        15
    Thyself and parts
    Above my arts
  Have drawn my heart to thee.

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