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An ODE.

I.
1 While from our Looks, fair Nymph, You guess
2 The secret Passions of our Mind;
3 My heavy Eyes, You say, confess
4 A Heart to Love and Grief inclin'd.
II.
5 There needs, alas! but little Art,
6 To have this fatal Secret found:
7 With the same Ease You threw the Dart,
8 'Tis certain, You may show the Wound.
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III.
9 How can I see You, and not love;
10 While You as op'ning East are fair?
11 While cold as Northern Blasts You prove;
12 How can I love, and not despair?
IV.
13 The Wretch in double Fetters bound
14 Your Potent Mercy may release:
15 Soon, if my Love but once were crown'd,
16 Fair Prophetess, my Grief would cease.

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Title (in Source Edition): An ODE.
Author: Matthew Prior
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Poems on Several Occasions [English poems only]. London: Printed for JACOB TONSON at Shakespear's-Head over against Katharine-Street in the Strand, and JOHN BARBER upon Lambeth-Hill. MDCCXVIII., 1718, pp. 21-22. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639)

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