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A RANT, 1732.

1 O Goddess most rever'd above,
2 Bright parent of almighty Love,
3 Whose pow'r th' immortal Gods confess,
4 Hear and approve my fond address:
5 In melting softness I thy doves outvie,
6 Then teach me like thy swans to sing and fly;
7 So I thy vot'ry will for ever be;
8 My song, my life I'll consecrate to thee.
9 Give me numbers strong and sweet,
10 Glowing language, pointed wit;
11 Words that might a Vestal move,
12 And melt a frozen heart to love.
13 Bid, bid thy blind boy
14 All his vigour employ;
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15 On his wings wou'd I soar up to fame:
16 'Tis but just, if he scorch
17 My breast with his torch,
18 In my wit too he kindle a flame.
19 Trophies to Chastity let others raise,
20 In notes as cold as the dull thing they praise,
21 To rage like mine more sprightly themes belong;
22 Gay youth inspires, and beauty claims my song;
23 Me all the little Loves and Graces own;
24 For I was born to worship them alone.
25 Tell not me the joys that wait
26 On him that's rich, on him that's great:
27 Wealth and wisdom I despise:
28 Cares surround the rich and wise.
29 No, no, let love, let life be mine:
30 Bring me women, bring me wine:
31 Speed the dancing hours away,
32 And mind not what the grave ones say;
33 Speed, and gild 'em as they fly
34 With love and freedom, wit and joy:
35 Bus'ness, title, pomp, and state,
36 Give 'em to the fools I hate.


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Title (in Source Edition): To VENUS. A RANT, 1732.
Author: Thomas Lisle
Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; love; mythology
Genres: song
References: DMI 27846

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Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. VI. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 164-165. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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