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1 MY Florio, wildest of his sex,
2 (Who sure the veriest saint wou'd vex)
3 From beauty roves to beauty;
4 Yet, tho' abroad the wanton roam,
5 Whene'er he deigns to stay at home,
6 He always minds his duty.
7 Something to every charming she,
8 In thoughtless prodigality,
9 He's granting still and granting,
10 To Phyllis that, to Cloe this,
11 And every madam, every miss;
12 Yet I find nothing wanting.
13 If haply I his will displease,
14 Tempestuous as th' autumnal seas
15 He foams and rages ever;
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16 But when he ceases from his ire,
17 I cry, such spirit, and such fire,
18 Is surely wond'rous clever.
19 I ne'er want reason to complain;
20 But sweet is pleasure after pain,
21 And every joy grows greater.
22 Then trust me, damsels, whilst I tell,
23 I should not like him half so well,
24 If I cou'd make him better.


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Title (in Source Edition): The DECISION. BALLAD III.
Themes: relations between the sexes
Genres: ballad metre

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Smart, Christopher, 1722-1771. Poems on several occasions: By Christopher Smart, A. M. Fellow of Pembroke-Hall, Cambridge. London: printed for the author, by W. Strahan; and sold by J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, MDCCLII., 1752, pp. 200-201. [16],230p.,plates; 4⁰. (ESTC T42626; OTA K041581.000) (Page images digitized from microfilm of a copy in the Bodleian Library [2799 d 134].)

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