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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
 
An Ode: ‘The merchant, to secure his treasure’
By Matthew Prior (1664–1721)
 
THE MERCHANT, to secure his treasure,
  Conveys it in a borrowed name:
Euphelia serves to grace my measure;
  But Chloe is my real flame.
 
My softest verse, my darling lyre        5
  Upon Euphelia’s toilet lay;
When Chloe noted her desire,
  That I should sing, that I should play.
 
My lyre I tune, my voice I raise;
  But with my numbers mix my sighs:        10
And whilst I sing Euphelia’s praise,
  I fix my soul on Chloe’s eyes.
 
Fair Chloe blushed: Euphelia frowned:
  I sung and gazed: I played and trembled:
And Venus to the Loves around        15
  Remarked, how ill we all dissembled.
 
 
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