Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons by Edmond Waller.
Waller, Edmund, 1606-1687.
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To the Dutchess, when he presented this Book to Her Royal Highness.

Madam,

I Here present you with the Rage,
And with the Beauties of a former Age;
Wishing you may with as great Pleasure view
This, as we take in Gazing upon you:
Thus we writ then, your brighter Eyes inspire,
Anobler Flame, and raise our ••nius higher:
While we your Wit and early Knowledge fear,
To our Productions we become severe;
Your matchless Beauty gives our Fancy wing▪
Your Judgment makes us careful how we sing.
ines not compos'd, as heretofore, in haste,
olisht, like Marble, shall like Marble last;
And make you through as many Ages shine,
As Tasso has the Hero's of your Line:
Page  248 Thô other Names our wary Writers use,
You are the Subject of the British Muse,
Dilating Mischief to your self unknown,
Men write, and die, of Wounds they dare not own;
So the bright Sun burns all our Grass away,
While it means nothing but to give us Day.