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ASTROPHEL AND STELLA: 63, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O grammar rules, o now your virtues show
Last Line: That in one speech two negatives affirm!
Variant Title(s): "grammar-rules;""o Grammer Rules, O Now Your Vertues Show;"";
Subject(s): Grammar; Mnemonics

O GRAMMAR-RULES. O now your virtues show;
So children still read you with awful eyes,
As my young dove may, in your precepts wise,
Her grant to me by her own virtue know:
For late, with heart most high, with eyes most low,
I craved the thing which ever she denies;
She, lightning love, displaying Venus' skies,
Lest once should not be heard, twice said No, No.
Sing then, my Muse, now Io Pacan sing;
Heavens, envy not at my high triumphing,
But grammar's force with sweet success confirm:
For grammar says,--O this, dear Stella, say,--
For grammar says,--to grammar who says nay?--
That in one speech two negatives affirm!

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