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1 If Wine and Musick have the Pow'r,
2 To ease the Sickness of the Soul;
3 Let Phoebus ev'ry String explore;
4 And Bacchus fill the sprightly Bowl.
5 Let Them their friendly Aid imploy,
6 To make my Cloe's Absence light;
7 And seek for Pleasure, to destroy
8 The Sorrows of this live-long Night.
9 But She to Morrow will return:
10 Venus, be Thou to Morrow great;
11 Thy Myrtles strow, Thy Odours burn;
12 And meet Thy Fav'rite Nymph in State.
13 Kind Goddess, to no other Pow'rs
14 Let Us to Morrow's Blessings own:
15 Thy darling Loves shall guide the Hours;
16 And all the Day be Thine alone.


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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. 79. [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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