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1 FAREWELL, thou haughty, cruel fair!
2 Upon thy brow no longer wear
3 That sombre look of cold disdain,
4 I ne'er shall see thy face again.
5 Now every foolish wish is o'er,
6 And fears and doubtings are no more.
7 All cruel as thou art to me,
8 Long has my heart been fixed on thee.
9 I've tracked thy footstep o'er the green,
10 And shared thy rambles oft unseen;
11 I've lingered near thee night and day
12 When thou hast thought me far away;
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13 I've watched the changes of thy face,
14 And fondly marked thy moving grace;
15 I've wept with joy thy smiles to see;
16 I've been a fool for love of thee.
17 Yet do not think I stay the while
18 Thy feeble pity to beguile:
19 Let favour forced still fruitless prove!
20 The pity cursed that brings not love!
21 No woman e'er shall give me pain
22 Or ever break my rest again:
23 Nor aught that comes of womankind
24 Again have power to move my mind.
25 Far on a foreign shore I'll seek
26 Some lonely Island bare and bleak;
27 There find some wild and rugged cell,
28 And with the untamed creatures dwell.
29 To hear their cries is now my choice,
30 Rather than man's deceitful voice;
31 To hear the tempest's boisterous song
32 Than woman's softly witching tongue:
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33 They wear no guise, nor promise good,
34 But roughsome seem as they are rude.
35 O Phillis! thou hast wrecked a heart
36 That proudly bears, but feels the smart.
37 Adieu, adieu! shouldst thou e'er prove
38 The pangs of ill requited love,
39 Thou'lt know what I have borne for thee,
40 And then thou wilt remember me.


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Themes: relations between the sexes
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Baillie, Joanna, 1762-1851. Fugitive Verses. By Joanna Baillie, author of “Dramas on the Passions,“ etc. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street. MDCCCXL., 1840, pp. 68-70.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [40.17].)

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