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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Song: ‘Pious Selinda goes to prayers’
By William Congreve (1670–1729)
PIOUS Selinda goes to prayers
  If I but ask the favour;
And yet the tender fool’s in tears
  When she believes I’ll leave her.
Would I were free from this restraint,        5
  Or else had hopes to win her;
Would she could make of me a saint,
  Or I of her a sinner!

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