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To Philaster.

1 Go perjur'd Youth and court what Nymph you please,
2 Your Passion now is but a dull Disease,
3 With worn-out Sighs deceive some list'ning Ear,
4 Who longs to know how 'tis and what Men swear,
5 She'l think they'r new from you; 'cause so to her.
6 Poor cousin'd Fool, she ne'er can know the Charms
7 Of being first encircled in thy Arms.
8 When all Love's Joys were innocent and gay,
9 As fresh and blooming as the new-born day.
10 Your Charms did then with native Sweetness flow,
11 The forc'd-kind Complaisance you now bestow,
12 Is but a false agreeable Design,
13 But you had Innocence when you were mine,
14 And all your Words, and Smiles, and Looks divine.
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15 How Proud, methinks, thy Mistriss does appear
16 In sully'd Cloths, which I'd no longer wear;
17 Her Bosom too with wither'd Flowers drest,
18 Which lost their Sweets in my first chosen Breast;
19 Perjur'd imposing Youth, cheat who you will,
20 Supply defect of Truth with amorous Skill;
21 Yet thy Address must needs insipid be,
22 For the first Ardour of thy Soul was all possess'd by me


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Title (in Source Edition): To Philaster.
Themes: love
Genres: heroic couplet

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Egerton, Sarah Fyge, 1668-1723. Poems on Several Occasions, Together with a Pastoral. By Mrs. S. F. [poems only] London: printed, and are to be sold by J. Nutt, near Stationers-Hall, 1703, pp. 34-35. [20],117,[3],15,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T125148) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [280 e.4058].)

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