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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
Appendix A. Doubtful Poems
A Warning
VICTORIOUS beauty! though your eyes
    Are able to subdue an host
    And therefore are unlike to boast
The taking of a little prize,
Do not a single heart despise.        5
It came alone, but yet so arm’d
    With former love I durst have sworn
    That when a privy coat was worn
With characters of beauty charm’d
Thereby it might have ’scaped unharmed.        10
But neither steel nor stony breast
    Are proof against those looks of thine;
    Nor can a beauty less divine
Of any heart be long possessed
When thou pretend’st an interest.        15
Thy conquest in regard of me,
    Alas! is small; but in respect
    Of her that did my love protect,
Were it divulged, deserves to be
Recorded for a victory.        20
And such a one—as some that view
    Her lovely face perhaps may say—
    Though you have stolen my heart away,
If all your servants prove not true.
May steal a heart or two from you.        25

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