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My Dear and Only Love

James Graham 1612 (Edinburgh) – 1650 (Edinburgh)

My dear and only Love, I pray
  This noble world of thee
  Be govern'd by no other sway
  But purest monarchy;
  For if confusion have a part,
  Which virtuous souls abhor,
  And hold a synod in thy heart,
  I'll 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 shunn'st the prize so sore
  As that thou sett'st me up a blind,
  I'll 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,
  I'll sing and laugh at thy neglect,
  And never love thee more.

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

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James Graham

James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose was a Scottish nobleman, poet and soldier, lord lieutenant and later viceroy and captain general of Scotland. Montrose initially joined the Covenanters in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, but subsequently supported King Charles I as the English Civil War developed. From 1644 to 1646, and again in 1650, he fought in the civil war in Scotland on behalf of the King. He is referred to as the Great Montrose. more…

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