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LYSANDER to CLOE.

1 'TIS true, my wish will never find
2 Another nymph so fair, so true;
3 Since all that's bright, and all that's kind,
4 In those expressive eyes I view.
5 And I with grateful zeal could haste
6 To China for the merest toy;
7 Could scorch on Lybia's barren waste,
8 To give my dear a moment's joy.
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9 But fickle as the wave or wind,
10 I once may flight those lovely arms;
11 Pardon a free ingenuous mind,
12 I do not half deserve thy charms.
13 If I in any praise excel,
14 'Tis in soft themes to paint my flame;
15 But Cloe's sweetness bids me tell,
16 I shall not long remain the same.
17 I know its season will expire,
18 Replac'd by cool esteem alone;
19 Nor more thy matchless breast admire
20 Than I detest and scorn my own.
21 This interval my fate allows,
22 And friendship dictates all I say;
23 O shun to hear my future vows,
24 When giddy love resumes the lay.
25 So some poor maniac can foresee
26 The random hours of madness nigh;
27 He mourns the fates' severe decree,
28 And cautions whom he loves to fly.

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    Title (in Source Edition): LYSANDER to CLOE.
    Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; love; grief; sadness; melancholy
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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. 213-214. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

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