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An ODE, IN IMITATION of SAPHO.

I.
1 ME the loveliest truest Swain,
2 Often woo's, but woo's in vain;
3 Tender, soft, beseeching Eyes,
4 Pleading Tears, and melting Sighs:
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5 Such soft Pains as Lovers feel,
6 Such his dying Looks reveal.
II.
7 Yet by Pride, by Shame with-held,
8 Every yielding Thought's repell'd:
9 Scarce the Sigh that heaves my Breast,
10 Scarce the falling Tear's represt:
11 Yet may artful Tongue denies
12 My Love, and contradicts my Eyes.
III.
13 If then, charming Youth, you'd know
14 All my Love, and all my Woe;
15 All my Heart, without Disguise,
16 Read it in my artless Eyes.
17 They'll in tender Language tell
18 What I wou'd in vain conceal.
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IV.
19 There each yielding Thought betray'd,
20 All my Hopes and Fears display'd:
21 The soft Flame which warms my Breast,
22 In each melting Look's confest:
23 While unstudied Glances prove,
24 All is Truth, and all is Love.

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Title (in Source Edition): An ODE, IN IMITATION of SAPHO.
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Genres: ode; imitation

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Poems on Several Occasions. Written by a Young Lady. London: printed for, and sold by S. Paterson, 1747, pp. 51-53. [8],88p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T139692; OTA K110146.000)

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