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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Song: ‘In vain you tell your parting lover’
By Matthew Prior (1664–1721)
 
IN vain you tell your parting lover,
You wish fair winds may waft him over;—
Alas! what winds can happy prove,
That bear me far from what I love?
Alas! what dangers on the main        5
Can equal those that I sustain
From slighted vows and cold disdain?
 
Be gentle, and in pity choose
To wish the wildest tempests loose;
That thrown again upon the coast,        10
Where first my shipwrecked heart was lost,
I may once more repeat my pain;
Once more in dying notes complain
Of slighted vows and cold disdain.
 
 
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