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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
 
Early Poems: Imitations of English Poets
Waller: On a Lady Singing to Her Lute
 
FAIR Charmer, cease! nor make your Voice’s prize
A heart resign’d the conquest of your Eyes:
Well might, alas! that threaten’d vessel fail,
Which winds and lightning both at once assail.
We were too bless’d with these enchanting lays,        5
Which must be heav’nly when an Angel plays:
But killing charms your lover’s death contrive,
Lest heav’nly music should be heard alive.
Orpheus could charm the trees; but thus a tree,
Taught by your hand, can charm no less than he;        10
A poet made the silent wood pursue;
This vocal wood had drawn the poet too.
 
 
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