The Poetical Works of George Lord Lyttelton; With Additions to Which Prefixed an Account of His Life

The Poetical Works of George Lord Lyttelton; With Additions to Which Prefixed an Account of His Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1801 edition. Excerpt: ...constant aim, This makes your happiness, and this your fame. Be never cool reserve with passion join'd; With caution chuse! but then be fondly kind The selfish heart, that but by halves is given, Shall find no place in Love's delightful heaven; Here sweet extremes alone can truly bless: The virtue of a lover is excess. A maid unask'd may own a well-plac'd flame; Not loving First, but loving Wrong, is shame. Contemn the little pride of giving pain, Nor think that conquest justifies disdain. Short is the period of insulting power: Offended Cupid finds his vengeful hour; Soon will resume the empire which he gave, And soon the tyrant shall become the slave. Blest is the maid, and worthy to be blest, Whose soul, entire by him she loves possest, Feels every vanity in fondness lost, And asks no power, but that of pleasing most: Her's is the bliss, in just return, to prove The honest warmth of undissembled love; For her, inconstant man might cease to range, And gratitude forbid desire to change. But, lest harsh care the lover's peace destroy, And roughly blight the tender buds of joy, Let Reason teach what Passion fain would hide, That Hymen's bands by Prudence should be tied, Venus in vain the wedded pair would crown, If angry Fortune on their union frown: Soon will the flattering dream of bliss be o'er, And cloy'd imagination cheat no more. Then, waking to the sense of lasting pain, With mutual tears the nuptial couch they stain; And that fond love, which should afford relief, Does but increase the anguish of their grief: While both could easier their own sorrows bear, Than the sad knowledge of each other's care. Yet may you rather feel that virtuous pain, Than sell your violated charms for gain; Than wed the wretch whom you despise or hate, For the...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236502833
  • 9781236502834