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1 FAIR Nymph, who dost my fate controul
2 And reignest Mistress of my soul,
3 Where thou all bright in beauty's ray
4 Hast held a long tyrannic sway!
5 They who the hardest rule maintain,
6 In their commands do still refrain
7 From what impossible must prove,
8 Yet thou hast bade me cease to love.
9 Ah! when the magnet's power is o'er,
10 The needle then will point no more,
11 And when no verdure clothes the spring,
12 The tuneful birds forget to sing;
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13 But thou, all sweet and heavenly fair,
14 Wouldst have thy swain from love forbear.
15 In pity let thine own dear hand
16 A death's-wound to this bosom send:
17 This tender heart of purest faith
18 May then resign thee with its breath;
19 And in the sun-beam of thine eye
20 A proud and willing victim die.
21 But since thou wilt not have it so,
22 Far from thy presence will I go;
23 Far from my heart's dear bliss I'll stray,
24 Since I no longer can obey.
25 In foreign climes I'll henceforth roam
26 No more to hail my native home:
27 To foreign swains I'll pour my woe,
28 In foreign plains my tears shall flow;
29 By murmuring stream and shady grove
30 Shall other echoes tell my love;
31 And richer flowers of vivid hue
32 Upon my grave shall other maidens strew.
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33 Adieu, dear Phillis! shouldst thou e'er
34 Some soft and plaintive story hear
35 Of hapless youth, who vainly strove
36 With wayward fate, and died for love,
37 O think of me! nor then deny
38 The gentle tribute of a sigh.


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Themes: relations between the sexes
Genres: address

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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. 71-73. 

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