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University of Glasgow Library - Euing
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Parthenia's Complaint:
Or, The Forsaken Shepherdess.
The falshood of Young Men she doth discover,
By sad Example of her Faithless Lover:
And so against them all she doth inveigh,
Though injur'd by one; but which makes her say,
Happy Nymph for certain is, that can
So little value that false Creature Man.
To a New Tune much in Request, Or, Sitting beyond a River Side.

SItting beyond a River side,
Parthenia thus to Cloe cry'd
Who from the fair Nymph's Eyes apace,
Another Stream o'erflow'd her Beauteous Face,
Ah happy Nymph, said she, that can
So little value that false Creature Man.

Oft she perfidiouss things would cry.
They love, they bleed, they burn, they dye;
But if they're absent half the day,
Nay, if they stay but one poor hour away:
No more they die, no more complain,
But like unconstant Wretches live again.

If that you do their Vows believe,
Then you are lost without Reprieve,
For Maids that's credulous and free,
Are ruin'd soon by their inconstancy:
With sugar'd words they will trappan,
No Creature ever was so false as Man.

The sad effects my self have try'd,
By one that vow'd for Love he dy'd:
My pity overcame disdain,
And I required him with Love again:
Which makes me say with looks so wan,
No Creature ever was so false as Man.

For when I thought he lov'd me most,
He proved false unto my Cost;
And like a fickle wretch did change
His mind, 'mongst other Beauties for to range;
Therefore she happy is that can
So little value that false Creature Man.

When I upon the flowry Plains,
Did feed my Flocks, free from Love's Pains,
And rested near the Crystal Streams,
Not once affrighted with such idle Dreams,
Then could I say; 'tis I that can
So little value that false Creature Man.

BUT since that Love did me ensnare,
My heart is fill'd with Grief and Care,
My looks are chang'd and I complain,
Being required with such deep disdain:
Then sure she happy is that can
So little value that false Creature Man.

Wild Beasts that in the Woods do range,
Unto their Mates are not so strange;
As men are to their Loves untrue,
Which makes poor simple Maids so deeply rue:
And say, she happy is, that can
So little value that false Creature Man.

You Birds that warble in the Grove,
And hears the falshood of my Love:
Bear witness of my sad complaint,
Who am with Grief and Sorrow like to faint:
Help me to learn, if that you can
No more to value that false creature Man.

The marble Rocks that do divide,
The foaming Billows as they glide;
Not so obdurate are in kind,
As Men who unto falshood are inclin'd;
Therefore she happy is, that can
So little value that false Creature Man.

The Gods above, will sure chastise
Such fickle Lovers treacheries;
And Cupid with his powerful Bow,
Will make them all their Errors for to know;
That they may love those Nymphs that can
So little value that false Creature Man.

You Virgins all who hear my moan,
Let me not languish here alone;
Come and assist me in my need,
Lest that my broken Heart with Sorrow bleed.
Help me to learn, if that you can
No more to value that false Creature Man.

One of a thousand you'll not find,
That's true, and bear a faithfull Mind,
But of your Hearts they'll you bereave,
And then disloyally they will you leave:
Then sure she happy is, that can
So little value that false Creature Man.

O that such falshood should remain
Within that Hearr whose deep disdain,
Hath brought me to such sad despair,
As never for Mankind again to care:
O let me say, if that I can
No more I'll value that false Creature Man.

Into some Desart I will go,
And weary out my days in woe;
And with the Turtle there complain,
And never come in Mortals sight again:
But strive by all the means I can,
No more to value that false Creature Man.

Then let all Virgins have a care,
And of their Treacheries beware;
Let my mishap your warning be,
And trust not to their Infidelity:
Let me advise you, if I can
No more to value that false Creature Man.


Printed for Eliz. Brooksby at the Golden-Ball in Pye-Corner.

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