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There is a Canon which confines
A Rhymed Octosyllabic Curse
If written in Iambic Verse
To fifty lines.
Underneath this sable hearse
Lies the subject of all verse:
Know Celia, (since thou art so proud),
'Twas I that gave thee thy renowne:
All ye poets of the age,
All ye witlings of the stage,
Thy spotless Muse, like Mary, did contain
The boundless Godhead; she did well disdain
No far-fetched sigh shall ever wound my breast,
Love from mine eye a tear shall never wring,
Thus have I made my own opinions clear;
Yet neither praise expect, nor censure fear:
What should we know,
For better or worse,
Of the Long Ago,
Were it not for Verse:
Who says that fictions only and false hair
Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty?
Where we such clusters had,
As made us nobly wild, not mad;
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