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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Inconstancy Excused
By John Sheffield, Duke of Buckinghamshire (1648–1721)
I MUST confess I am untrue
  To Gloriana’s eyes;
But he that’s smiled upon by you
  Must all the world despise.
In winter fires of little worth        5
  Excite our dull desire;
But when the sun breaks kindly forth
  Those fainter flames expire.
Then blame me not for slighting now
  What I did once adore:        10
O do but this one change allow,
  And I can change no more;
Fixed by your never-failing charms
  Till I with age decay,
Till languishing within your arms        15
  I sigh my soul away.

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