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The Question, to Lisetta.

1 What Nymph shou'd I admire, or trust,
2 But Cloe Beauteous, Cloe Just?
3 What Nymph should I desire to see,
4 But Her who leaves the Plain for Me?
5 To Whom shou'd I compose the Lay,
6 But Her who listens, when I play?
7 To Whom in Song repeat my Cares,
8 But Her who in my Sorrow shares?
9 For Whom should I the Garland make,
10 But Her who joys the Gift to take,
11 And boasts She wears it for My Sake?
12 In Love am I not fully blest?
13 Lisetta, pr'ythee tell the rest.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Question, to Lisetta.
Author: Matthew Prior
Genres: dialogue

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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. 90. [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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