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Short poem

Sarah Fyge (1670-1723)

To Philaster

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


6] cousin'd: deceived.

11] Complaisance: willingness to please.

20] Truth: faithfulness.

21] insipid: feeble.

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: Sarah Fyge Egerton, Poems on Several Occasions (1703) (Delmar: Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints, 1987), pp. 34-35. PR 3431 E3P6 1987 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1703
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/28

Form: couplets

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