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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
On a Girdle
Edmund Waller (1606–1687)
 
THAT which her slender waist confined
Shall now my joyful temples bind;
No monarch but would give his crown,
His arms might do what this hath done.
 
It was my heaven’s extremest sphere,        5
The pale which held that lovely deer:
My joy, my grief, my hope, my love,
Did all within this circle move.
 
A narrow compass! and yet there
Dwelt all that ’s good, and all that ’s fair.        10
Give me but what this ribbon bound,
Take all the rest the sun goes round!
 
 
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