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A heart whose fames are seen, tho' pure,
Needs every virtue's aid ;
The soonest is betray'd.
STREPĦON has fashion, wit and youth,
With all things else that please;
To ruin me with ease :
To kindle strong desire;
Yet he ne'er feels the fire.
O! how it does my soul perplex,
When I his charms recall,
Or, worse, should love them all!
Thus seeks in vain for rest; Finding no hope to fix its loves
Returns into my breast.
When clouds that angel face deform,
and bid adieu To female friendship, love, and you.
But when soft passions rule your breast,
Cupid, forbear thy childish arts ;
I cannot, will not love;
On me would harmless prove.
In vain, fond boy, MIRANDA's eyes
You point with beamy fire; STREPHON each killing glance defies,
And looks without desire.
Thy Chloe's dimpled cheeks adorn 13
With gay bewitching smiles, ;
And triumph o'er her wiles.
The snowy neck, the slender waist,
The gently-bending brow,
I view without a vow.
Should thy bright mother, beauty's queen,
Court me with open arms, Adonis-like would I be seen
To slight her proffer'd charms.
This bold defiance STREPHON sends;
Hence, baffled boy, remove :
I cannot, will not love.
Fickle bliss, fantastic treasure,
Love, how soon thy joys are past ! Since we soon must lose the pleasure,
Oh, 't were better ne'er to taste!
Gods ! how sweet would be possessing,
Did not time its charms destroy ; Or could lovers with the blessing
Lose the thought of Cupid's joy !!
Cruel thoughts, that pain yet please me,
Ah, no more my rest destroy ! Show me still, if you would ease me,
Love's deceits, but not its joy.
Gods ! what kind yet cruel powers
Force my will, to rack my mind! Ah! too long we wait for flowers
Too too soon to fade design'd...!
ON BELVIDERR's bosom lying,
With unavailing prayers I sue ;
Ah! teach me to be happy too.
But she, alas ! unkindly wise,
To all my sighs and tears replies, “ T is every prudent maid's concern
Her lover's fondness to improve ;
Boast got, mistaken swain, thy art
To please my partial eyes ; The charms that have subdued
heart Another may despise..