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Written in the Year 1732.

1 WHEN DELIA on the plain appears,
2 Aw'd by a thousand tender fears,
3 I would approach, but dare not move;
4 Tell me, my Heart, if this be Love.
5 Whene'er she speaks, my ravish'd ear
6 No other voice but her's can hear,
7 No other wit but her's approve;
8 Tell me, my Heart, if this be Love.
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9 If she some other youth commend,
10 Though I was once his fondest friend,
11 His instant enemy I prove;
12 Tell me, my Heart, if this be Love.
13 When she is absent, I no more
14 Delight in all that pleas'd before,
15 The clearest spring, or shadiest grove;
16 Tell me, my Heart, if this be Love.
17 When fond of pow'r, of beauty vain,
18 Her nets she spreads for ev'ry swain,
19 I strove to hate, but vainly strove;
20 Tell me, my Heart, if this be Love.


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    Title (in Source Edition): SONG. Written in the Year 1732.
    Themes: love
    Genres: song
    References: DMI 10980

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. II. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 46-47. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002)

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