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EPIGRAM XV.

To CLARISSA.

1 WHY like a tyrant wilt thou reign,
2 When thou may'st rule the willing mind?
3 Can the poor pride of giving pain
4 Repay the joys that wait the kind?
5 I curse my fond enduring heart,
6 Which scorn'd presumes not to be free,
7 Condemn'd to feel a double smart,
8 To hate myself, and burn for thee.

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    Title (in Source Edition): EPIGRAM XV. To CLARISSA.
    Themes: love
    Genres: epigram
    References: DMI 23503

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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], p. 139. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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