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1 Curse on this Virtue Constancy,
2 Of which we're vainly Proud;
3 It like a Crime doth Torture me,
4 Since all my softer thoughts of Bliss,
5 And ev'ry kind and tender Wish,
6 Is on a careless thankless Swain bestow'd.
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7 I with more ease could bear my Fate,
8 Forgive his Cruelty,
9 If stupidly our Sex he hate:
10 But he doth Smile on every Fair,
11 The partial Curse I cannot bear,
12 For, oh he's kind! he's kind! to all but me.


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Title (in Source Edition): A SONG.
Themes: love
Genres: song; lyric

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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. 39-40. [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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