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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
Song: “Why, Damon, why, why, why so pressing?”
By Mary, Lady Chudleigh (1656–1710)
WHY, Damon, why, why, why so pressing?
The heart you beg ’s not worth possessing:
Each look, each word, each smile ’s affected,
And inward charms are quite neglected;
    Then scorn her, scorn her, foolish swain,        5
    And sigh no more, no more, in vain;
Beauty’s worthless, fading, flying;
Who would for trifles think of dying?
Who for a face, a shape, would languish,
And tell the brooks and groves his anguish,        10
    Till she, till she thinks fit to prize him,
    And all, and all beside despise him?
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