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1 TO vex thy Soul with these unjust alarms,
2 Fye dear mistrustful, can'st thou doubt thy charms;
3 Or think a breast so young and soft as mine,
4 Could e're resist such charming eyes as thine?
5 Not love thee! witness all ye powers above,
6 (That know my heart) to what excess I love,
7 How many tender sighs for thee I've spent,
8 I who ne're knew what serious passion meant.
9 Till to revenge his slighted Votaries,
10 The God of love, coucht in thy beauteous eyes,
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11 At once inspir'd and fixt my roving heart,
12 Which till that moment sconr'd his proudest dart,
13 And now I languish out my life for thee,
14 As others unregarded do for me;
15 Silent as night, and pensive as a dove,
16 Through shades more gloomy than my thoughts I rove,
17 With downcast eyes as languishing an Air,
18 The Emblem I of Love, and of Dispair.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO ORESTES.
Themes: love; sadness
Genres: heroic couplet; address

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Rowe, Elizabeth Singer, 1674-1737. Poems on several occasions. Written by Philomela. London: Printed for John Dunton at the Raven in Jewen-street, 1696, pp. 37-38. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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