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Written on my Birth-Day, 1734.

1 THE minutes, the hours, the days, and the years,
2 That fill up the current of Time,
3 Neither flowing with hopes, neither ebbing with fears,
4 Unheeded roll'd on to my prime.
5 In infancy prattling, in youth full of play,
6 Still pleas'd with whatever was new;
7 I bad the old cripple fly swifter away,
8 To o'ertake some gay trifle in view.
9 But when CHLOE, with sweetness and sense in her look,
10 First taught me the lesson of love;
11 Then I counted each step the wing'd fugitive took,
12 And bad him more leisurely move.
13 Stop, run-away, stop, nor thy journey pursue,
14 For CHLOE has gi'en me her heart:
15 To enjoy it thy years will prove many too few,
16 If you make so much haste to depart.
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17 Still, still he flies on still, still let him fly
18 'Till he's tired, and panting for breath;
19 My love both his teeth and his scythe shall defy
20 That can only be conquer'd by Death.


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    Title (in Source Edition): To CHLOE. Written on my Birth-Day, 1734.
    Themes: age
    Genres: occasional poem
    References: DMI 22586

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. III. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 270-271. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.003)

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