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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. I–II: Colonial Literature, 1607–1764
 
Amyntor
By Thomas Godfrey (1736–1763)
 
[From Juvenile Poems on Various Subjects. 1765.]

LONG had Amyntor free from love remained;
The God, enraged to see his power disdained,
Bent his best bow, and, aiming at his breast
The fatal shaft, he thus the swain addrest:
 
“Hear me, hear me, senseless rover,—        5
Soon thou now shalt be a lover,
        Cupid will his power maintain;
Haughty Delia shall enslave thee,
Thou, who thus insulting brav’st me,
        Shall, unpitied, drag the chain.”        10
 
He ceased, and quick he shot the pointed dart;
Far short it fell, nor reached Amyntor’s heart;
The angry God was filled with vast surprise;
Abashed he stood, while thus the swain replies:
 
“Think not, Cupid, vain deceiver,        15
I will own thy power ever,
        Guarded from thy arts by wine;
Haughty Beauty ne’er shall grieve me,
Bacchus still shall e’er relieve me,
        All his rosy joys are mine;        20
        All his rosy joys are mine.”
 
 
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