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1 SIlvia, let's from the Croud retire;
2 For, What to you and me
3 (Who but each other do desire)
4 Is all that here we see?
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5 Apart we'll live, tho' not alone;
6 For, who alone can call
7 Those, who in Desarts live with One,
8 If in that One they've All?
9 The World a vast Meander is,
10 Where Hearts confus'dly stray;
11 Where Few do hit, whilst Thousands miss
12 The happy mutual Way:
13 Where Hands are by stern Parents ty'd,
14 Who oft, in Cupid's Scorn,
15 Do for the widow'd State provide,
16 Before that Love is born:
17 Where some too soon themselves misplace;
18 Then in Another find
19 The only Temper, Wit, or Face,
20 That cou'd affect their Mind.
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21 Others (but oh! avert that Fate!)
22 A well-chose Object change:
23 Fly, Silvia, fly, ere 'tis too late;
24 Fall'n Nature's prone to range.
25 And, tho' in heat of Love we swear
26 More than perform we can;
27 No Goddess You, but Woman are,
28 And I no more than Man.
29 Th' impatient Silvia heard thus long;
30 Then with a Smile reply'd:
31 Those Bands cou'd ne'er be very strong,
32 Which Accidents divide.
33 Who e'er was mov'd yet to go down,
34 By such o'er-cautious Fear;
35 Or for one Lover left the Town,
36 Who might have Numbers here?
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37 Your Heart, 'tis true, is worth them all,
38 And still preferr'd the first;
39 But since confess'd so apt to fall,
40 'T is good to fear the worst.
41 In ancient History we meet
42 A flying Nymph betray'd;
43 Who, had she kept in fruitful Crete,
44 New Conquests might have made.
45 And sure, as on the Beach she stood,
46 To view the parting Sails;
47 She curs'd her self, more than the Flood,
48 Or the conspiring Gales.
49 False Theseus, since thy Vows are broke,
50 May following Nymphs beware:
51 Methinks I hear how thus she spoke,
52 And will not trust too far.
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53 In Love, in Play, in Trade, in War
54 They best themselves acquit,
55 Who, tho' their Int'rests shipwreckt are,
56 Keep unreprov'd their Wit.


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Title (in Source Edition): The CAUTIOUS LOVERS.
Themes: love
Genres: epigram

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Winchilsea, Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of, 1661-1720. Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, pp. 118-122. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Buxton 100].)

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