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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
By William Congreve (1670–1729)
FAIR Amoret is gone astray;
  Pursue and seek her every lover;
I ’ll tell the signs by which you may
  The wandering shepherdess discover.
Coquet and coy at once her air,        5
  Both studied, though both seem neglected;
Careless she is with artful care,
  Affecting to seem unaffected.
With skill her eyes dart every glance,
  Yet change so soon you ’d ne’er suspect ’em;        10
For she ’d persuade they wound by chance,
  Though certain aim and art direct ’em.
She likes herself, yet others hates
  For that which in herself she prizes;
And, while she laughs at them, forgets        15
  She is the thing that she despises.

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