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1 LET wisdom boast her mighty pow'r,
2 With passion still at strife,
3 Yet love is sure the sov'reign flow'r,
4 The sweet perfume of life.
5 The happy breeze that swells the sail,
6 When quite becalm'd we lie;
7 The drop, that will the heart regale,
8 And sparkle in [thy] eye.
9 The sun that wakes us to delight,
10 And drives the shades away;
11 The dream that chears our dreary night,
12 And makes a brighter day.
13 But if, alas! it wrongly seize,
14 The case is twice as bad;
15 This flow'r, sun, drop, or dream, or [breeze],
16 Will drive a blockhead mad.


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    Title (in Source Edition): SONG.
    Themes: relations between the sexes; love; humour
    Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza; song
    References: DMI 27251

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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. 61. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005)

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