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1 THE warmest friend, I ever prov'd,
2 My bitterest foe I see:
3 The kindest maid I ever lov'd,
4 Is false to love and me.
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5 But shall I make the angry vow,
6 Which tempts my wavering mind?
7 Shall dark suspicion cloud my brow,
8 And bid me shun mankind?
9 Avaunt, thou hell-born fiend! no more
10 Pretend my steps to guide;
11 Let me be cheated o'er and o'er,
12 But let me still confide.
13 If this be folly, all my claim
14 To wisdom I resign;
15 But let no sage presume to name
16 His happiness with mine.


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    Title (in Source Edition): CANDOUR.
    Themes: joyfulness; happiness; ignorance
    Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza
    References: DMI 27852

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. VI. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 212-213. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006)

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