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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Song: ‘Oh! forbear to bid me slight her’
By Aaron Hill (1685–1750)
 
OH! forbear to bid me slight her,
  Soul and senses take her part;
Could my death itself delight her,
  Life should leap to leave my heart.
Strong, though soft, a lover’s chain,        5
Charm’d with woe, and pleas’d with pain.
 
Though the tender flame were dying,
  Love would light it at her eyes;
Or, her tuneful voice applying,
  Through my ear my soul surprise.        10
Deaf, I see the fate I shun;
Blind, I hear I am undone.
 
 
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