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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Song: ‘Ladies, though to your conquering eyes’
By Sir George Etherege (1635?–1691)
LADIES, 1 though to your conquering eyes
Love owes his chiefest victories,
And borrows those bright arms from you
With which he does the world subdue,
Yet you yourselves are not above        5
The empire nor the griefs of love.
Then rack not lovers with disdain,
Lest Love on you revenge their pain:
You are not free because you’re fair:
The Boy did not his Mother spare.        10
Beauty’s but an offensive dart:
It is no armour for the heart.
Note 1. From The Comical Revenge; or Love in a Tub, act. v, sc. 3. 1664. [back]

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