CHLOE to STREPHON.
1 TOO plain, dear youth, these tell-tale eyes
2 My heart your own declare,
3 But for heav'n's sake let it suffice
4 You reign triumphant there:
5 Forbear your utmost pow'r to try,
6 Nor farther urge your sway;
7 Press not for what I must deny,
8 For fear I shou'd obey.
9 Cou'd all your art successful prove,
10 Wou'd you a maid undo,
11 Whose greatest failing is her love,
12 And that her love for you?
13 Say, wou'd you use that very pow'r
14 You from her fondness claim,
15 To ruin in one fatal hour
16 A life of spotless fame?
17 Ah! cease, my dear, to do an ill,
18 Because perhaps you may!
19 But rather try your utmost skill
20 To save me than betray:
21 Be you yourself my virtue's guard,
22 Defend, and not pursue;
23 Since 'tis a task for me too hard,
24 To fight with love and you.
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Title (in Source Edition): CHLOE to STREPHON. A SONG.
Author: Soame Jenyns
Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza; song
References: DMI 22533
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