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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Song: ‘In vain, Clemene, you bestow’
By Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset (1638–1706)
IN 1 vain, Clemene, you bestow
  The promised empire of your heart
If you refuse to let me know
  The wealthy charms of every part.
My passion with your kindness grew,        5
  Tho’ beauty gave the first desire:
But beauty only to pursue
  Is following a wand’ring fire.
As hills in perspective suppress
  The free enquiry of the sight;        10
Restraint makes every pleasure less
  And takes from love the full delight.
Faint kisses may in part supply
  Those eager longings of my soul;
But oh! I’m lost if you deny        15
  A quick possession of the whole.
Note 1. Contributed by Dorset to Southerne’s Sir Anthony Love, 1691. [back]

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