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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
The Complaint
By Mark Akenside (1721–1770)
      AWAY! away!
  Tempt me no more, insidious love:
      Thy soothing sway
  Long did my youthful bosom prove:
  At length thy treason is discern’d,        5
  At length some dear-bought caution earn’d:
Away! nor hope my riper age to move.
      I know, I see
  Her merit. Needs it now be shown,
      Alas, to me?        10
  How often to myself unknown,
  The graceful, gentle, virtuous maid
  Have I admir’d! How often said,
What joy to call a heart like hers one’s own!
      But, flattering God,        15
  O squanderer of content and ease,
      In thy abode
  Will care’s rude lesson learn to please?
  O say, deceiver, hast thou won
  Proud Fortune to attend thy throne,        20
Or plac’d thy friends above her stern decrees?

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