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1 SEE, Strephon, what unhappy fate
2 Does on thy fruitless passion wait,
3 Adding to flame fresh fuel:
4 Rather than thou should'st favour find;
5 The kindest soul on earth's unkind,
6 And the best nature cruel.
7 The goodness, which Chlorinda shews,
8 From mildness and good breeding flows,
9 But must not love be stil'd:
10 Or else 'tis such as mothers try,
11 When wearied with incessant cry,
12 They still a froward child.
13 She with a graceful mien and air,
14 Genteely civil, yet severe,
15 Bids thee all hopes give o'er.
16 Friendship she offers, pure and free;
17 And who, with such a friend as she,
18 Cou'd want, or wish for more?
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19 The cur that swam along the flood,
20 His mouth well fill'd with morsel good,
21 (Too good for common cur!)
22 By visionary hopes betray'd,
23 Gaping to catch a fleeting shade,
24 Lost what he held before.
25 Mark, Strephon, and apply this tale,
26 Lest love and friendship both should fail;
27 Where then wou'd be thy hope?
28 Of hope, quoth Strephon, talk not, friend;
29 And for applying know, the end
30 Of ev'ry cur's a rope.


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Title (in Source Edition): To CHLORINDA.
Author: Anthony Alsop
Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; grief; sadness; melancholy
References: DMI 27888

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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. 241-242. 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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