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OLIVER GOLDSMITH

1728-1774

481                                                Woman

WHEN lovely woman stoops to folly,
   And finds too late that men betray,
What charm can soothe her melancholy?
   What art can wash her tears away?
The only art her guilt to cover,
   To hide her shame from evry eye,
To give repentance to her lover,
   And wring his bosom isto die.

482                                                Memory

O MEMORY, thou fond deceiver,
   Still importunate and vain,
To former joys recurring ever,
   And turning all the past to pain:

Thou, like the world, th oppressd oppressing,
   Thy smiles increase the wretchs woe:
And he who wants each other blessing
   In thee must ever find a foe.

 

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