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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
 
Song: “A thousand martyrs I have made”
By Aphra Behn (1640–1689)
 
A THOUSAND martyrs I have made,
  All sacrific’d to my desire;
A thousand beauties have betray’d,
  That languish in resistless fire.
The untam’d heart to hand I brought,        5
And fixed the wild and wandering thought.
 
I never vow’d nor sigh’d in vain
  But both, tho’ false, were well receiv’d.
The fair are pleas’d to give us pain,
  And what they wish is soon believ’d.        10
And tho’ I talk’d of wounds and smart,
Love’s pleasures only touched my heart.
 
Alone the glory and the spoil
  I always laughing bore away;
The triumphs, without pain or toil,        15
  Without the hell, the heav’n of joy.
And while I thus at random rove
Despis’d the fools that whine for love.
 
 
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