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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Secret Love
By Peter Anthony Motteux (1660–1718)
 
I LOVE! but she alone shall know,
  Who is herself my treasure;
Vain lovers, when their joys they show,
  Call partners to their pleasure.
Let empty beaux the favour miss,        5
  While they would have it known;
That soul’s too narrow for the bliss,
  Who can’t enjoy alone.
 
Then, never let my love be told
  By way of modern toasting;        10
The sweetest joy like fairy gold,
  Is lost by selfish boasting.
Too rich to shew, what I possess,
  My treasure I’ll conceal;
I may my pains of love confess,        15
  But ne’er my joys reveal.
 
 
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