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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
The Libertine
By Aphra Behn (1640–1689)
 
A THOUSAND 1 martyrs I have made,
  All sacrificed to my desire,
A thousand beauties have betrayed
  That languish in resistless fire:
The untamed heart to hand I brought,        5
And fix’d the wild and wandering thought.
 
I never vowed nor sighed in vain,
  But both, though false, were well received;
The fair are pleased to give us pain,
  And what they wish is soon believed:        10
And though I talked of wounds and smart,
Love’s pleasure 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 heaven of joy;
And while I thus at random rove
Despise the fools that whine for love.
 
Note 1. From The Lucky Chance, 1687. [back]
 
 
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