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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
The Plaything Changed
KITTY’S 1 charming voice and face,
  Syren-like, first caught my fancy;
Wit and humour next take place,
  And now I doat on sprightly Nancy.
Kitty tunes her pipe in vain,        5
  With airs most languishing and dying;
Calls me false ungrateful swain,
  And tries in vain to shoot me flying.
Nancy with resistless art,
  Always humorous, gay and witty,        10
Has talk’d herself into my heart,
  And quite excluded tuneful Kitty.
Ah, Kitty! Love a wanton boy,
  Now pleased with song, and now with prattle,
Still longing for the nearest toy,        15
  Has chang’d his whistle for a rattle.
Note 1. From Dodsley’s A Collection of Poems, vol. vi, 326, 1782. [back]

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