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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Restoration Verse. 1910.

Song: ‘Pious Selinda goes to prayers’

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,

Or else had hopes to win her;

Would she could make of me a saint,

Or I of her a sinner!