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1 Forbear to ask Me, why I weep;
2 Vext Cloe to her Shepherd said:
3 'Tis for my Two poor stragling Sheep
4 Perhaps, or for my Squirrel dead.
5 For mind I what You late have writ?
6 Your subtle Questions, and Replies;
7 Emblems, to teach a Female Wit
8 The Ways, where changing Cupid flies.
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9 Your Riddle, purpos'd to rehearse
10 The general Pow'r that Beauty has:
11 But why did no peculiar Verse
12 Describe one Charm of Cloe's Face?
13 The Glass, which was at Venus' Shrine,
14 With such Mysterious Sorrow laid:
15 The Garland (and You call it Mine)
16 Which show'd how Youth and Beauty fade.
17 Ten thousand Trifles light as These
18 Nor can my Rage, nor Anger move:
19 She shou'd be humble, who wou'd please:
20 And She must suffer, who can love.
21 When in My Glass I chanc'd to look;
22 Of Venus what did I implore?
23 That ev'ry Grace which thence I took,
24 Shou'd know to charm my Damon more.
25 Reading Thy Verse; who heeds, said I,
26 If here or there his Glances flew?
27 O free for ever be His Eye,
28 Whose Heart to Me is always true.
29 My Bloom indeed, my little Flow'r
30 Of Beauty quickly lost it's Pride:
31 For sever'd from it's Native Bow'r,
32 It on Thy glowing Bosom dy'd.
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33 Yet car'd I not, what might presage
34 Or withering Wreath, or fleeting Youth:
35 Love I esteem'd more strong than Age,
36 And Time less permanent than Truth.
37 Why then I weep, forbear to know:
38 Fall uncontroll'd my Tears, and free:
39 O Damon, 'tis the only Woe,
40 I ever yet conceal'd from Thee.
41 The secret Wound with which I bleed
42 Shall lie wrapt up, ev'n in my Herse:
43 But on my Tomb-stone Thou shalt read
44 My Answer to Thy dubious Verse.


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Title (in Source Edition): CLOE JEALOUS.
Author: Matthew Prior
Genres: ode

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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, pp. 93-95. [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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