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Le Brun. Venus Clipping the Wings of Cupid, c1655.
Le Brun. Venus Clipping the Wings of Cupid, c1655.

A   S O N G.

Give me leave to rail at you,
I ask nothing but my due;
To call you false, and then to say
You shall not keep my Heart a Day.
But, alas!  against my Will,
I must be your Captive still.
Ah! be kinder then; for I
Cannot change, and would not die.

Kindness has resistless Charms,
All besides but weakly move;
Fiercest Anger it disarms,
And clips the Wings of flying Love.
Beauty does the Heart invade,
Kindness only can persuade;
It gilds the Lover's Servile Chain,
And makes the Slaves grow pleas'd again.

Rochester, John Wilmot, Earl of. The Works of John Earl of Rochester.
London: Jacob Tonson, 1714. 29-30.


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