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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
Sir C. Sedley
 
LXXXI. Child and Maiden
 
AH, Chloris! could I now but sit 
  As unconcern'd as when 
Your infant beauty could beget 
  No happiness or pain! 
When I the dawn used to admire,         5
  And praised the coming day, 
I little thought the rising fire 
  Would take my rest away. 
  
Your charms in harmless childhood lay 
  Like metals in a mine;  10
Age from no face takes more away 
  Than youth conceal'd in thine. 
But as your charms insensibly 
  To their perfection prest, 
So love as unperceived did fly,  15
  And centr'd in my breast. 
  
My passion with your beauty grew, 
  While Cupid at my heart, 
Still as his mother favour'd you, 
  Threw a new flaming dart:  20
Each gloried in their wanton part; 
  To make a lover, he 
Employ'd the utmost of his art— 
  To make a beauty, she. 
 
 
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