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THE DEDICATION. TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE MY LADY ANNE LOVELACE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: To the richest treasury
Last Line: (with devotion) these toys.


To the richest treasury
That e'er fill'd ambitious eye;
To the fair bright magazine
Hath impoverish'd Love's Queen;
To th' exchequer of all honour
(All take pensions but from her);
To the taper of the thore,
Which the god himself but bore;
To the sea of chaste delight,
Let me cast the drop I write.
And as at Loretto's shrine
Cæaesar shovels in his mine,
Th' empress spreads her carcanets,
The lords submit their coronets,
Knights their chased arms hang by,
Maids diamond-ruby fancies tie;
Whilst from the pilgrim she wears
One poor false pearl, but ten true tears:
So, among the orient prize
(Sapphire-onyx eulogies)
Offer'd up unto your fame,
Take my garnet-dublet name,
And vouchsafe 'midst those rich joys
(With devotion) these toys.





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