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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
240. 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 has 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 ribband bound,
Take all the rest the Sun goes round.
 

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