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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
O Memory! Thou Fond Deceiver
By Oliver Goldsmith (1730–1774)
 
O MEMORY! 1 thou fond deceiver,
  Still importunate and vain,
To former joys recurring ever,
  And turning all the past to pain;
 
Thou, like the world, the oppress’d oppressing,        5
  Thy smiles increase the wretch’s woe;
And he who wants each other blessing
  In thee must ever find a foe.
 
Note 1. From the Oratorio of the Captivity. [back]
 
 
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