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Short poem

Sir Charles Sedley (1639?-1701)

To Celia

              1  Not, Celia, that I juster am,
              2      Or better than the rest;
              3For I would change each hour like them
              4      Were not my heart at rest.

              5  But I am tied to very thee,
              6      By every thought I have;
              7Thy face I only care to see,
              8      Thy heart I only crave.

              9  All that in woman is ador'd
            10      In thy dear self I find;
            11For the whole sex can but afford
            12      The handsome and the kind.

            13  Why then should I seek farther store
            14      And still make love anew?
            15When change itself can give no more,
            16      'Tis easy to be true.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: H. Kemp, A Collection of Poems, Written on Several Occasions (1672).
First publication date: 1672
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP 1.517.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21

Rhyme: abab

Other poems by Sir Charles Sedley