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SONG III.

1 YE gentle nymphs and generous dames
2 That rule o'er every British mind;
3 Be sure ye soothe their amorous flames,
4 Be sure your laws are not unkind.
5 For hard it is to wear their bloom
6 In unremitting sighs away:
7 To mourn the night's oppressive gloom,
8 And faintly bless the rising day.
9 And cruel 'twere a free-born swain,
10 A British youth should vainly moan;
11 Who scornful of a tyrant's chain,
12 Submits to yours, and yours alone.
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13 Nor pointed spear, nor links of steel,
14 Could e'er those gallant minds subdue,
15 Who beauty's wounds with pleasure feel,
16 And boast the fetters wrought by you.

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    Title (in Source Edition): SONG III.
    Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; women; female character
    Genres: song
    References: DMI 27233

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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], pp. 39-40. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

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