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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
By William Congreve (1670–1729)
FAIR Amoret is gone astray:
  Pursue and seek her, every lover!
I’ll tell the signs by which you may
  The wandering shepherdess discover.
Coquet and coy at once her air,        5
  Both studied, though both seem neglected;
Careless she is, with artful care,
  Affecting to seem unaffected.
With skill her eyes dart every glance,
  Yet change so soon you’d ne’er suspect them;        10
For she’d persuade they wound by chance,
  Though certain aim and art direct them.
She likes herself, yet others hates
  For that which in herself she prizes;
And while she laughs at them, forgets        15
  She is the thing she despises.

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