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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
For Lack of Gold
By Adam Austin (1726?–1774)
FOR lack of gold she ’s left me, O,
And of all that ’s dear bereft me, O;
She me forsook for Athole’s duke,
  And to endless woe she has left me, O.
A star and garter have more art        5
Than youth, a true and faithful heart;
For empty titles we must part,
  And for glittering show she ’s left me, O.
No cruel fair shall ever move
My injur’d heart again to love;        10
Through distant climates I must rove;
  Since Jeany she has left me, O.
Ye powers above, I to your care
Give up my faithless, lovely fair;
Your choicest blessings be her share,        15
  Though she ’s for ever left me, O.

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