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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
The Question, to Lisetta
By Matthew Prior (1664–1721)
 
WHAT nymph should I admire or trust,
But Chloe beauteous, Chloe just?
What nymph should I desire to see,
But her who leaves the plain for me?
To whom should I compose the lay,        5
But her who listens when I play?
To whom, in song, repeat my cares,
But her who in my sorrows shares?
For whom should I the garland make,
But her who joys the gift to take,        10
And boasts she wears it for my sake?
In love am I not fully blest?
Lisetta, prithee tell the rest.
 
 
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