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LUCASTA REPLIES TO LOVELACE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tell me not, friend, you are unkind
Last Line: Loved I not lovelace more.
Alternate Author Name(s): Chesterton, G. K.
Subject(s): Lovelace, Richard (1618-1657)

Tell me not, friend, you are unkind,
If ink and books laid by,
You turn up in a uniform
Looking all smart and spry.

I thought your ink one horrid smudge,
Your books one pile of trash,
And with less fear of smear embrace
A sword, a belt, a sash.

Yet this inconstancy forgive,
Though gold lace I adore,
I could not love the lace so much
Loved I not Lovelace more.

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