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The POET to his false Mistress.

1 WONDER not, faithless woman, if you see,
2 Yourself so chang'd, so great a change in me.
3 With shame I own it, I was once your slave,
4 Ador'd myself the beauties which I gave;
5 For know, deceiv'd deceitful, that 'twas I
6 Gave thy form grace, and lustre to thine eye:
7 Thy tongue, thy fingers I their magic taught,
8 And spread the net in which myself was caught.
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9 So pagan priests first form and dress the wood,
10 Then prostrate fall before the senseless God.
11 But now, curst woman, thy last sentence hear:
12 I call'd thy beauty forth, I bid it disappear.
13 I'll strip thee of thy borrow'd plumes; undress,
14 And shew thee in thy native ugliness.
15 Those eyes have shone by me, by me that chin
16 The seat of wanton Cupids long has been:
17 Ye fires, go out ye wanton Cupids, fly
18 Of ev'ry beam disarm her haggard eye:
19 'Tis I recall ye; my known voice obey
20 And nought of beauty but the falshood stay.


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Title (in Source Edition): The POET to his false Mistress.
Author: John Straight
Themes: women; female character
Genres: heroic couplet
References: DMI 27731

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Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 256-257. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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