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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
Song: “You wrong me, Strephon, when you say”
By ‘Ephelia’ (17th Cent.?)
YOU wrong me, Strephon, when you say,
  I’m jealous or severe,
Did I not see you kiss and play
  With all you came a-near?
Say, did I ever chide for this,        5
  Or cast one jealous eye
On the bold nymphs, that snatch’d my bliss
  While I stood wishing by.
Yet though I never disapproved
  This modish liberty,        10
I thought in them you only loved
  Change and variety:
I vainly thought my charms so strong,
  And you so much my slave,
No nymph had power to do me wrong,        15
  Or break the chains I gave.
But when you seriously address
  With all your winning charms,
Unto a servile shepherdess,
  I’ll throw you from my arms:        20
I’d rather choose you should make love
  To every face you see,
Than Mopsa’s dull admirer prove,
  And let her rival me.

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