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1 WHAT Torments must the Virgin prove
2 That feels the Pangs of hopeless Love?
3 What endless Cares must rack the Breast
4 That is by sure Despair possest.
5 When Love in tender Bosoms reigns,
6 With all its soft, its pleasing Pains,
7 Why should it be a Crime to own
8 The fatal Flame we cannot shun.
9 The Soul by Nature form'd sincere,
10 A slavish forc'd Disguise must wear;
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11 Left the unthinking World reprove
12 The Heart that glows with generous Love.
13 But oh in vain the Sigh's represt,
14 That gently heaves the pensive Breast;
15 The glowing Blush, the falling Tear,
16 The conscious Wish, and silent Fear.
17 Ye soft Betrayers aid my Flame,
18 And give my new Desires a Name:
19 Some Power my gentle Griefs redress,
20 Reveal, or make my Passion less.


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Title (in Source Edition): A SONG.
Genres: address; song

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Lennox, Charlotte, ca. 1729-1804. Poems on Several Occasions. Written by a Young Lady. London: printed for, and sold by S. Paterson, 1747, pp. 35-36. [8],88p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T139692; OTA K110146.000) (Page images digitized from microfilm of a copy in the Bodleian Library [G.Pamph. 1289 (14)].)

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