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The ABSENT LOVER.

1 ALEXIS, walking in the Park,
2 Met CHLOE, just before 'twas dark:
3 He ask'd a Kiss, nor she deny'd;
4 I don't know what they did beside:
5 But, as a Child, in Thought, chews o'er
6 The Sweetmeats, which he eat before;
7 So in his Mind ALEXIS keeps
8 The dear Impression of her Lips:
9 He felt it all the foll'wing Day,
10 At Night indulg'd it at the Play;
11 One ling'ring Act he musing stay'd,
12 But knew not what the Actors said;
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13 He thought the Park in Drury-lane,
14 Believ'd the Nymph appear'd again;
15 He seems to view her snowy Neck,
16 Her ruby Lip, and rosy Cheek,
17 Her graceful Smiles, and sparkling Eyes,
18 Her panting Bosom fall and rise:
19 And now he clasp'd her in his Arms,
20 ('Twas all imaginary Charms)
21 When, rising to the Height of Bliss,
22 His Lips essay'd to take a Kiss;
23 An Orange-wench trod on his Foot;
24 And screaming, "Will you have some Fruit?"
25 Surpriz'd, he dropt the pleasing Theme,
26 And found his Joys a waking Dream;
27 He swore, and wept, and kick'd the Wench,
28 Forgot his Hat, and left the Bench.

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Title (in Source Edition): The ABSENT LOVER.
Author: Stephen Duck
Themes: bawdy humour
Genres: satire

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Poems on several occasions: By Stephen Duck. London: printed for the author, 1736, pp. 133-134. xl,334,[2]p. ; 4⁰. (ESTC T90234; OTA K073280.000)

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