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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Song: ‘When Delia on the plain appears’
By George, Lord Lyttelton (1709–1773)
 
WHEN Delia on the plain appears,
Awed by a thousand tender fears,
I would approach, but dare not move:
Tell me, my heart, if this be love?
 
Whene’er she speaks, my ravish’d ear        5
No other voice than hers can hear,
No other wit but hers approve:
Tell me, my heart, if this be love?
 
If she some other youth commend,
Though I was once his fondest friend,        10
His instant enemy I prove:
Tell me, my heart, if this be love?
 
When she is absent, I no more
Delight in all that pleased before—
The clearest spring, or shadiest grove:        15
Tell me, my heart, if this be love?
 
When fond of power, of beauty vain,
Her nets she spread for every swain,
I strove to hate, but vainly strove:
Tell me, my heart, if this be love?        20
 
 
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