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The Surprizal.

1 I'th' narrowest walk of a close Grove,
2 Whom shou'd I chance to meet but Love?
3 I seiz'd the Elf, and said At last
4 I've caught thee, and I'l hold thee fast.
5 Now by thy Mothers Doves and Sparrows,
6 I'l rob thee of thy Bow and Arrows;
7 I'l chain Thee up and clip thy Wings,
8 Or Strangle Thee in thy own Strings,
9 If thou refuse me to relate
10 The Grounds of my Olinda's Hate.
11 Then thus the Boy reply'd Fond Swain,
12 Vex not your self and me in Vain:
13 Your Love as noble is and brave
14 As ere this Bow and Quiver gave;
15 But that Olinda flights your Flame,
16 Nor Thou, nor I, nor She's too Blame.
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17 Weigh Circumstances, and you'l find
18 She's of Necessity Unkind:
19 She's Mortal, therefore never can
20 Commiserate a suff'ring Swain;
21 For such refin'd Perfections shine
22 In Her, that cou'd She but Incline
23 To Pitty Men, She were Divine!


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Title (in Source Edition): The Surprizal.
Author: Nahum Tate

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Tate, Nahum, c. 1652-1715. Poems by N. Tate. London: Printed by T.M. for Benj. Tooke ..., 1677, pp. 38-39. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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