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EBBA 36869

British Library - C.121.g.9
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If Love's a Sweet Passion, etc:
Passionate Lover.
When Love and Beauty doth agree,
It is the best of Companie.
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IF Love's a sweet passion, why doth it Torment?
If bitter, then tell me, whence comes my Content?
Since I suffer with Pleasure, why should I complain,
Or grieve at my Fate, since I know 'tis in vain?
So pleasant the Pain is, and so swift is the Dart,
At once it doth wound me, and tickle my Heart.

I graspt her hand gently, look'd languishing down,
And by passionate Silence I made my Love known,
But O how I'm blest, when so kind she does prove,
By some willing mistake to discover her Love!
In striving to hide it she reveals all her Flame,
And our Eyes tell each other, what neither can name.

How pleasant is Beauty? how sweet are the Charms?
How delightful Embraces? how pleasant her Arms?
Sure there's nothing so easie as learning to love:
Since 'tis taught us on Earth, by all things Above.
To Beauty's bright Standard all Heroe's must yield,
For 'tis Beauty that conquers and keeps the brave Field.

To Beauty's Royal Scepter thus all things do bow,
For 'tis that we court and her that we woo.
It so strangely doth vanquish and soften the Mind,
That we yield at first sight to Beauty that's kind.
For 'tis a Treasure we dot on and dream in the Night,
And nothing but Beauty can breed such delight.

As soon as the Morning's bright Rayes I behold
Like a Bride deckt in Roses and Rubies of Gold,
Straight I think on fair Esther so divine and so sweet,
And I long to see her and sigh at her Feet:
Ev'ry Moment I'm absent I languish and die,
And I live by the Sweetness and Beam of her Eye.

Then grant, O high Powers! that her I may find
Always yielding to Love and charmingly kind,
That at last by Entreaties she may be my Bride
And I have the Honour to ly by her Side,
O the Pleasures that Beauties can give, when they please!
They can kill and can cure a poor Lover with Ease.

I will envy no Prince, but sweetly will live
Rest contented with Pleasure that Esther can give,
From all Rivals and Fears may we always live free
For ever be happy, and ever agree.
O! this innocent Pleasure and freedom will prove
All the Joys that kind Heavens give those that do love.


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