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To the Same.

1 TO ease my troubled mind of anxious care,
2 Last night the secret casket I explor'd;
3 Where all the letters of my absent fair,
4 (His richest treasure) careful Love had stor'd:
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5 In ev'ry word a magic spell I found
6 Of pow'r to charm each busy thought to rest,
7 Though ev'ry word increas'd the tender wound
8 Of fond desire still throbbing in my breast.
9 So to his hoarded gold the miser steals,
10 And loses ev'ry sorrow at the sight;
11 Yet wishes still for more, nor ever feels
12 Entire contentment, or secure delight.
13 Ah! should I lose thee, my too lovely maid,
14 Cou'dst thou forget thy heart was ever mine,
15 Fear not thy letters shou'd the change upbraid:
16 My hand each dear memorial shall resign:
17 Not one kind word shall in my pow'r remain
18 A painful witness of reproach to thee;
19 And lest my heart shou'd still their sense retain,
20 My heart shall break, to leave thee wholly free.


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Title (in Source Edition): To the Same.
Themes: love
Genres: lyric
References: DMI 22324

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Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. II. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 59-60. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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