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1 I Told my nymph, I told her true,
2 My fields were small, my flocks were few;
3 While faltering accents spoke my fear,
4 That Flavia might not prove sincere.
5 Of crops destroy'd by vernal cold,
6 And vagrant sheep that left my fold;
7 Of these she heard, yet bore to hear;
8 And is not Flavia then sincere?
9 How chang'd by Fortune's fickle wind,
10 The friends I lov'd became unkind,
11 She heard, and shed a generous tear;
12 And is not Flavia then sincere?
13 How, if she deign'd my love to bless,
14 My Flavia must not hope for dress;
15 This too she heard, and smil'd to hear;
16 And Flavia sure must be sincere.
17 Go shear your flocks, ye jovial swains,
18 Go reap the plenty of your plains;
19 Despoil'd of all which you revere,
20 I know my Flavia's love sincere.


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    Title (in Source Edition): SONG I.
    Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; love
    Genres: song
    References: DMI 27231

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 38. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005)

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