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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
260. Chloris
Sir Charles Sedley (1639(?)–1701)
AH, Chloris! could I now but sit
  As unconcern’d as when
Your infant beauty could beget
  No happiness or pain!
When I the dawn used to admire,        5
  And praised the coming day,
I little thought the rising fire
  Would take my rest away.
Your charms in harmless childhood lay
  Like metals in a mine;        10
Age from no face takes more away
  Than youth conceal’d in thine.
But as your charms insensibly
  To their perfection prest,
So love as unperceived did fly,        15
  And centre’d in my breast.
My passion with your beauty grew,
  While Cupid at my heart
Still as his mother favour’d you
  Threw a new flaming dart:        20
Each gloried in their wanton part;
  To make a lover, he
Employ’d the utmost of his art—
  To make a beauty, she.


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