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Carlo Cignani. Shepherd and Shepherdess. 1660s-1670s. The Hermitage.

S O N G.

N Y M P H.

Injurious Charmer of my vanquish'd Heart,
Canst thou feel Love, and yet no Pity know?
Since of my self from thee I cannot part,
Invent some gentle way to let me go.
      For what with Joy thou didst obtain,
          And I with more did give;
      In time will make thee false and vain,
          And me unfit to live.

S H E P H E R D.

Frail Angel, that wou'dst leave a Heart forlorn,
With vain Pretence Falshood therein might lye;
Seek not to cast wild shadows o'er your Scorn,
You cannot sooner change than I can die.
      To tedious life I'll never fall,
          Thrown from thy dear lov'd Breast;
      He merits not to live at all,
          Who cares to live unblest.

C H O R U S.

      Then let our flaming Hearts be join'd;
          While in that sacred Fire,
      E'er thou prove false, or I unkind,
          Together both expire.

Rochester, John Wilmot, Earl of. "Valentinian: A Tragedy."
The Works of John Earl of Rochester.
London: Jacob Tonson, 1714. 255.


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