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Short poem

Oliver Goldsmith (1730?-1774)

When Lovely Woman Stoops to Folly

              1When lovely woman stoops to folly,
              2   And finds too late that men betray,
              3What charm can sooth her melancholy,
              4   What art can wash her guilt away?

              5The only art her guilt to cover,
              6   To hide her shame from every eye,
              7To give repentance to her lover,
              8   And wring his bosom -- is to die.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: [Oliver Goldsmith] The Vicar of Wakefield: A Tale, Supposed to be written by himself, 2 vols. (Salisbury: B. Collins for F. Newbery, 1766): II, 78. British Library 2483.c.46
First publication date: 1766
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2001
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/14

Rhyme: abab

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