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1 In vain You tell your parting Lover,
2 You wish fair Winds may waft Him over.
3 Alas! what Winds can happy prove,
4 That bear Me far from what I love?
5 Alas! what Dangers on the Main
6 Can equal Those that I sustain,
7 From slighted Vows, and cold Disdain?
8 Be gentle, and in Pity choose
9 To wish the wildest Tempests loose:
10 That thrown again upon the Coast,
11 Where first my Shipwrackt Heart was lost,
12 I may once more repeat my Pain;
13 Once more in dying Notes complain
14 Of slighted Vows, and cold Disdain.


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Title (in Source Edition): A SONG.
Author: Matthew Prior
Genres: song

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Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721. 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, p. 22. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [H 6.8 Art.].)

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