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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
Song: ‘Phillis is my only joy’
By Sir Charles Sedley (1639–1701)
PHILLIS is my only joy
  Faithless as the winds or seas,
Sometimes cunning, sometimes coy,
  Yet she never fails to please;
      If with a frown        5
      I am cast down,
      Phillis smiling
      And beguiling
Makes me happier than before.
Though alas! too late I find        10
  Nothing can her fancy fix,
Yet the moment she is kind
  I forgive her with her tricks;
      Which though I see,
      I can’t get free,—        15
      She deceiving,
      I believing,—
What need lovers wish for more.

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