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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
The Despairing Lover
By William Walsh (1663–1708)
 
DISTRACTED with care
For Phillis the fair,
Since nothing could move her,
Poor Damon, her lover,
Resolves in despair        5
No longer to languish
Nor bear so much anguish;
But, mad with his love,
  To a precipice goes,
Where a leap from above        10
  Would soon finish his woes.
 
When in rage he came there,
Beholding how steep
The sides did appear,
And the bottom how deep;        15
His torments projecting,
And sadly reflecting
That a lover forsaken
  A new love may get,
But a neck when once broken        20
  Isn’t easily set:
 
And that he could die
Whenever he would,
But that he could live
But as long as he could:        25
How grievous soever
The torment might grow,
He scorned to endeavour
To finish it so;
And bold, unconcerned        30
  At thoughts of the pain,
He calmly returned
  To his cottage again.
 
 
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