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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Song: ‘Phillis is my only joy’
By Sir Charles Sedley (1639–1701)
PHILLIS is my only joy,
  Faithless as the winds or seas,
Sometimes coming, sometimes coy,
  Yet she never fails to please;
    If with a frown        5
    I am cast down,
    Phillis smiling
    And beguiling
Makes me happier than before.
Though alas! too late I find        10
  Nothing can her fancy fix,
Yet the moment she is kind
  I forgive her all her tricks;
    Which though I see,
    I can’t get free.        15
    She deceiving,
    I believing,
What need lovers wish for more?

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