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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song: ‘Of all the torments, all the cares’
By William Walsh (1663–1708)
 
OF all the torments, all the cares,
  With which our lives are curst;
Of all the plagues a lover bears,
  Sure rivals are the worst!
By partners in each other kind        5
  Afflictions easier grow;
In love alone we hate to find
  Companions of our woe.
 
Sylvia, for all the pangs you see
  Are labouring in my breast,        10
I beg not you would favour me,
  Would you but slight the rest!
How great soe’er your rigours are,
  With them alone I’ll cope;
I can endure my own despair,        15
  But not another’s hope.
 
 
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