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The QUESTION.

1 SINCE freed from Love's enchanting Pains,
2 Your Heart no longer wears my Chains;
3 Since the gay Folly charms no more,
4 And all the dear Delusion's o'er:
5 Yet tell me, Damon, do you prove
6 In Freedom, Joys so pure as Love?
7 Alike unfelt its Pains or Sweets,
8 Your Heart an equal Measure beats:
9 No longer Hope and Fear maintain
10 Within your Breast a doubtful Reign:
11 Unpleas'd, nor caring if you please,
12 Lost in a dull inactive Ease.
13 Since then for this you could forego
14 The Lover's sweetly-pleasing Woe;
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15 Forsake those bright enliv'ning Fires,
16 Gay Hopes, and elegant Desires;
17 The mutual Wish, the equal Flame,
18 The Sorrows, Fears, and Hopes, the same.
19 Oh say, what Joys can Freedom boast,
20 Like those sweet Torments you have lost.

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Title (in Source Edition): The QUESTION.
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Poems on Several Occasions. Written by a Young Lady. London: printed for, and sold by S. Paterson, 1747, pp. 39-40. [8],88p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T139692; OTA K110146.000)

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