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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
 
Song: “Love in fantastic triumph sat”
By Aphra Behn (1640–1689)
 
LOVE in fantastic triumph sat
  Whilst bleeding hearts around him flow’d,
For whom fresh paines he did create,
  And strange tyrannic power he show’d;
 
From thy bright eyes he took his fire,        5
  Which round about in sport he hurl’d;
But ’twas from mine he took desire,
  Enough to undo the amorous world.
 
From me he took his sighs and tears,
  From thee his pride and cruelty;        10
From me his languishments and fears,
  And every killing dart from thee.
 
Thus thou and I the god have arm’d,
  And set him up a deity;
But my poor heart alone is harm’d,        15
  Whilst thine the victor is, and free.
 
 
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