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First Line: Past mastership in love's great art I claim
Last Line: For I of womankind have loved but one.

PAST mastership in Love's great art I claim,
A lover perfect as you e'er shall find,
Proved in all Love's degrees of every kind:
Is not such merit well deserving fame?

A girl with eyes to set the world aflame
First did my youthful heart in fetters bind;
Wife, widow next, who all good gifts combine,
Each in succession my delight became.

The girl I loved for bashful innocence;
The wife I loved for worth without pretence;
The widow loved for virtuous liberty.

Therefore of lovers I deserve the throne,
Nor any can my constancy deny,
For I of womankind have loved but one.

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