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“ Now sexes meet not by design,
“ When they the world's chief work advance, “But in the dark they sometimes join,
“ As wandering atoms meet by chance."
Born 1605, and died 1687.
CHLORIS, farewell! I now must go :
For, if with thee I longer stay,
I shall prove blind, and lose my way.
Fame of thy beauty, and thy youth,
Among the rest me bither brought: Finding this fame fall short of truth
Made me stay longer than I thought.
For I'm engag’d by word, and oath,
A servant to another's will:
Could I be sure to keep it still.
But what assurance can I take,
When thou, fore-knowing this abuse, For some more worthy lover's sake,
May'st leave me with so just excuse?
For thou may'st say, 'twas not thy fault,
That thou didst thus inconstant prove, Being by my example taught
To break thy oath, to mend thy love.
No, Chloris, no! I will return,
And raise thy story to that height, That strangers shall at distance burn,
And she distrust me reprobate.
Then shall my love this doubt displace,
And gain such trust, that I may come And banquet sometimes on thy face,
But make my constant meals at home.
Our sighs are heard ; just heav'n declares
So when the sky makes us endure
Hence 'tis that I conceal my flame,
Than her bright morning, overcast
Anger in hasty words or blows
Affect the haughty and the proud,
Unwisely we the wiser East Pity, supposing them oppress'd With tyrants' force, whose law is will, By which they govern, spoil, and kill: Each nymph, but moderately fair, Commands with no less rigour here. Should some brave Turk, that walks among His twenty lasses, bright and young, And beckons to the willing dame, Preferr'd to quench his present flame, Behold as many gallants here, With modest guise and silent fear, All to one female idol bend, Whilst her high pride does scarce descend To mark their follies, he would swear That these her guard of eunuchs were: And that a more majestic queen, Or humbler slaves, he had not seen.