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1 Remember, false Damon, how often you've said,
2 You lov'd me as well as a man could a maid;
3 Though you slight me at last, and I cannot tell why,
4 Yet, trust me, I never with sorrow shall die.
5 In my bosom so tender, your power to prove,
6 You planted the fair blooming flow'ret of love;
7 But for its destruction a frown you prepar'd,
8 To blast at your pleasure the flowret you rear'd.
9 Yet boast not your conquest, tho' from me you part,
10 Nor think yourself wholly possess'd of my heart;
11 Your smiles are not summer to melt the cold snow,
12 And your frowns are not winter, I'd have you to know.
13 Go seek for a maid that has money in store,
14 And amuse yourself often in counting it o'er;
15 Yet, Damon, believe me, your bliss will be small,
16 If counting your gold and your silver be all.
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17 He that sets his heart riches and honour to find,
18 Will learn that a kingdom's too small for his mind;
19 He hoards up his treasures, and thinks himself scant,
20 While the poor that's contented ne'er feels any want.
21 The joys of the wealthy are joys of a day,
22 For riches have wings and do oft fly away;
23 And when they are flying we generally find,
24 A long train of sorrow's impending behind.
25 May all pleasures attend you, that treasures can bring,
26 May you find of your joys a perpetual spring;
27 Yet I'll envy her not, that has money in store,
28 Nor think myself wretched, although I am poor.
29 Perhaps I the truth of some shepherd may prove,
30 Whose treasure's contentment, whose pleasure is love;
31 Then I without wealth shall be happy as you,
32 So Damon, false Damon, for ever adieu.


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Title (in Source Edition): PHILLIS TO DAMON. A SONG.
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Hands, Elizabeth, 1746-1815. The death of Amnon. A poem. With an appendix: containing pastorals, and other poetical pieces. By Elizabeth Hands. [Coventry]: Printed for the author, by N. Rollason, Coventry, M,DCCLXXXIX., 1789, pp. 111-112. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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