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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Semele to Jupiter
By William Congreve (1670–1729)
 
WITH 1 my frailty, don’t upbraid me,
I am woman as you made me;
Causeless doubting, or despairing,
Rashly trusting, idly fearing:
        If obtaining,        5
        Still complaining;
        If consenting,
        Still repenting;
        Most complying,
        Then denying:        10
And to be followed, only flying.
 
With my frailty, don’t upbraid me:
I am woman as you made me.
 
Note 1. From Semele, an Opera, 1710. [back]
 
 
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