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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Song: ‘Phillis, for shame, let us improve’
By Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset (1638–1706)
PHILLIS, for shame, let us improve
  A thousand different ways
Those few short moments snatched by love
  From many tedious days.
If you want courage to despise        5
  The censure of the grave,
Though love’s a tyrant in your eyes
  Your heart is but a slave.
My love is full of noble pride,
  Nor can it e’er submit        10
To let that fop, Discretion, ride
  In triumph over it.
False friends I have, as well as you,
  Who daily counsel me
Fame and ambition to pursue,        15
  And leave off loving thee.
But when the least regard I show
  To fools who thus advise,
May I be dull enough to grow
  Most miserably wise.        20

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