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Ferdinand Bol. Venus and Adonis, c1658. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.'
Ferdinand Bol. Venus and Adonis, c1658. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

A   S O N G.

Absent from thee I languish still;
     Then ask me not, When I return?
The straying Fool 'twill plainly kill,
     To wish all Day, all Night to mourn.

Dear; from thine Arms then let me flie,
     That my fantastick Mind may prove
The Torments it deserves to try,
     That tears my fix'd Heart from my Love.

When weary'd with a World of Woe
     To thy safe Bosom I retire,
Where Love, and Peace, and Truth does flow,
     May I contented there expire.

Lest once more wand'ring from that Heav'n,
     I fall on some base Heart unblest;
Faithless to thee, false, unforgiven,
     And lose my everlasting Rest.

Rochester, John Wilmot, Earl of. The Works of John Earl of Rochester.
London: Jacob Tonson, 1714. 15-16.


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