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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Change Defended
By Sir Edward Sherburne (1618–1702)
 
LEAVE, Chloris, leave; prithee no more
  With want of love or lightness charge me:
’Cause thy looks captived me before,
  May not another’s now enlarge me?
 
He whose misguided zeal hath long        5
  Paid homage to some star’s pale light,
Better informed, may without wrong
  Leave that t’ adore the queen of night.
 
Then if my heart, which long served thee,
  Will to Carintha now incline;        10
Why termed inconstant should it be
  For bowing ’fore a richer shrine?
 
Censure those lovers so, whose will
  Inferior objects can entice;
Who changes for the better still,        15
  Makes that a virtue, you call vice.
 
 
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