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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
268. Cloe
 
Matthew Prior (1664–1721)
 
 
THE MERCHANT, to secure his treasure,
  Conveys it in a borrow’d name:
Euphelia serves to grace my measure,
  But Cloe is my real flame.
 
My softest verse, my darling lyre        5
  Upon Euphelia’s toilet lay—
When Cloe noted her desire
  That I should sing, that I should play.
 
My lyre I tune, my voice I raise,
  But with my numbers mix my sighs;        10
And whilst I sing Euphelia’s praise,
  I fix my soul on Cloe’s eyes.
 
Fair Cloe blush’d: Euphelia frown’d:
  I sung, and gazed; I play’d, and trembled:
And Venus to the Loves around        15
  Remark’d how ill we all dissembled.
 

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