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Poem by James Graham, 1st Marquise of Montrose

My Dear and Only Love I Pray

My dear and only Love, I pray 
	This noble world of thee 
Be governd by no other sway 
	But purest monarchy; 
For if confusion have a part, 
	Which virtuous souls abhor, 
And hold a synod in thy heart, 
	Ill never love thee more. 

Like Alexander I will reign, 
	And I will reign alone, 
My thoughts shall evermore disdain 
	A rival on my throne. 
He either fears his fate too much, 
	Or his deserts are small, 
That puts it not unto the touch 
	To win or lose it all. 

But I must rule and govern still, 
	And always give the law, 
And have each subject at my will, 
	And all to stand in awe. 
But gainst my battery, if I find 
	Thou shunnst the prize so sore 
As that thou settst me up a blind, 
	Ill never love thee more. 

Or in the empire of thy heart, 
	Where I should solely be, 
Another do pretend a part 
	And dares to vie with me; 
Or if committees thou erect, 
	And go on such a score, 
Ill sing and laugh at thy neglect, 
	And never love thee more. 

But if thou wilt be constant then, 
	And faithful of thy word, 
Ill make thee glorious by my pen 
	And famous by my sword: 
Ill serve thee in such noble ways 
	Was never heard before; 
Ill crown and deck thee all with bays, 
	And love thee evermore. 

James Graham, 1st Marquise of Montrose

James Graham, 1st Marquise of Montrose's other poems:
  1. Lines Written on the Eve of His Execution
  2. Montrose on His Own Condition
  3. On Himself, Upon Hearing What Was His Sentence

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