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TO HIS LADY, THEN MISTRESS CARY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Retired, with purpose your fair worth to praise
Last Line: Cary my love is, daphne but my tree.'
Subject(s): Cary, Anne; Uvedale, Sir William (D. 1652)


Retired, with purpose your fair worth to praise,
'Mongst Hampton shades, and Phoebus' grove of bays,
I plucked a branch; the jealous god did frown,
And bad me lay the usurped laurel down:
Said I wronged him, and (which was more) his love.
I answered, 'Daphne now no pain can prove.'
Phoebus replied: 'Bold head, it is not she:
Cary my love is, Daphne but my tree.'





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