tender Sigh of hers to see me languish,
Will more than pay the price of my past anguish:
Beware, O cruel
Fair, how you smile on me,
Twas a kind look of yours that has undone me.
Love has in store for me one happy minute,
And She will end my pain who did begin it;
no day void of bliss, or pleasure leaving,
Ages shall slide away without perceiving:
Cupid shall guard the
door the more to please us,
And keep out Time and Death, when they would seize us:
Time and Death
shall depart, and say in flying,
Love has found out a way to live, by dying.
I FEED a flame within, which so torments me
That it both pains my heart, and yet contents
Tis such a pleasing smart, and I so love it,
That I had rather die than once remove it.
Yet he, for whom I grieve, shall never know it;
My tongue does not betray, nor my eyes show
Not a sigh, nor a tear, my pain discloses,
But they fall silently, like dew on roses.
Thus, to prevent my Love from being cruel,
My hearts the sacrifice, as tis the fuel;
I suffer this to give him quiet,
My faith rewards my love, though he deny it.
On his eyes will I gaze, and there delight me;
While I conceal my love no frown can fright
To be more happy I dare not aspire,
Nor can I fall more low, mounting no higher.
ASK not the cause why sullen Spring
So long delays her flowers to bear;
Why warbling birds
forget to sing,
And winter storms invert the year:
Chloris is gone; and fate provides
To make it Spring where
Chloris is gone, the cruel fair;
She cast not back a pitying eye:
But left her lover in despair
sigh, to languish, and to die:
Ah! how can those fair eyes endure
To give the wounds they will not cure!
Great God of Love, why hast thou made
A face that can all hearts command,
That all religions
And change the laws of every land?
Where thou hadst placd such power before,
have made her mercy more.
When Chloris to the temple comes,
Adoring crowds before her fall;
She can restore the dead
And every life but mine recall.
I only am by Love designd
To be the victim for mankind.
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