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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Three Arrows
By Edward Fitzgerald (1809–1883)
 
Porcia’s Song

OF all the shafts to Cupid’s bow,
  The first is tipp’d with fire;
All bare their bosoms to the blow
  And call the wound Desire.
 
Love’s second is a poison’d dart,        5
  And Jealousy is named:
Which carries poison to the heart
  Desire had first inflamed.
 
The last of Cupid’s arrows all
  With heavy lead is set:        10
That vainly weeping lovers call
  Repentance, or Regret.
 
 
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