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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
 
Song—The Vain Advice
By Catharine Cockburn (1679–1749)
 
  AH, gaze not on those eyes! forbear
  That soft enchanting voice to hear:
Not looks of basilisks give surer death,
Nor syrens sing with more destructive breath.
 
  Fly, if thy freedom thou’dst maintain;        5
  Alas! I feel, th’ advice is vain!
A heart, whose safety but in flight does lie,
Is too far lost to have the power to fly.
 
 
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