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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
No More unto My Thoughts Appear
By Sidney Godolphin (1610–1643)
NO more unto my thoughts appear,
  At least appear less fair,
For crazy tempers justly fear
  The goodness of the air.
Whilst your pure image hath a place        5
  In my impurer mind,
Your very shadow is the glass
  Where my defects I find.
Shall I not fly that brighter light
  Which makes my fires look pale,        10
And put that virtue out of sight
  Which makes mine none at all?
No, no, your picture doth impart
  Such value, I not wish
The native worth to any heart        15
  That’s unadorned with this.
Though poorer in desert I make
  Myself, whilst I admire,
The fuel which from Hope I take
  I give to my Desire.        20
If this flame lighted from your eyes
  The subject do calcine,
A heart may be your sacrifice
  Too weak to be your shrine.

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