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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
The Reconciliation
By William Congreve (1670–1729)
 
FAIR Celia love pretended,
And named the myrtle bower,
Where Damon long attended
Beyond the promised hour.
At length impatient growing        5
Of anxious expectation,
His heart with rage o’erflowing,
He vented thus his passion.
 
To all the sex deceitful,
  A long and last adieu;        10
Since women prove ungrateful
  As oft as man prove true.
The pains they cause are many,
  And long and hard to bear,
The joys they give (if any)        15
  Few, short, and insincere.
 
But Celia now repenting
Her breach of assignation,
Arrived with eyes consenting,
And sparkling inclination.        20
Like Cytherea smiling,
She blushed, and laid his passion;
The Shepherd ceased reviling,
And sang this recantation.
 
How engaging, how endearing,        25
  Is a lover’s pain and care,
And what joy the nymph’s appearing
  After absence or despair!
Women wise increase desiring,
  By combining kind delays,        30
And advancing or retiring,
  All they mean is more to please.
 
 
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